‘Depression not limited to glamour and filmdom alone’
Actor Deepika Padukone says depression can happen to anyone
Actor Deepika Padukone (right) says that depression is not restricted to the glamour and film world alone and can happen to anybody, irrespective of their economic background. Deepika, who has personally been a victim of depression, launched her foundation dedicated to addressing the issue of mental health — on the occasion of World Mental Health Day recently. “I don’t think mental health or illness has anything to do with any particular industry. I think it can happen to anybody. It doesn’t matter what your economic background is or what your profession is,” she said.
Considering Deepika has a good equation with actors Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh, both of them have shown their support to this initiative. “I think everyone in Bollywood is attached to this programme in spirit. In their own personal capacity, a lot of people have come forward,” she said.
Interestingly, Deepika is open to acting in a film on the subject of depression. “I think if dealt with correctly, such a film might work. One sees a lot of films in the West being made on this topic,” she added.
Although the Piku actor chose to speak about depression through her foundation, as she herself has been a victim of it, she did not reveal much in detail about why she was depressed. “It germinated from my own experience and mine was stress, anxiety and depression. As a foundation, we would like to focus on this first. There are a lot of NGOs doing excellent work across the field of mental health,” she said. “As a foundation, since we are just starting up, we would like to focus on stress first. We don’t want to take up too much. Also, this is our area of expertise,” she added.
I don’t think mental health or illness has anything to do with any particular industry
Deepika Padukone, actor