If you’re a true Deepika Padukone fan, then you know she is one Bollywood celebrity who has been rather open about her depression and the struggle that came with it. Deepika has even gone on to establish an organisation to help people with the condition. The Padmaavat actress has spoken about her depression on a countless number of occasions and recently revealed in an interview that while suffering with the condition it was a struggle every single second. During her interview, Deepika opened up about Bollywood megastar, Salman Khan who made a certain remark pertaining to depression which didn’t sit too well with the Piku actress.
At an event last year, Salman Khan said that he saw a lot of people getting depressed and emotional. He also said in a controversial statement that he didn’t have the luxury of being depressed. "I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can't afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me,” he had said.
Deepika Padukone, in her recent interview called Salman Khan out for his controversial remarks, stating that nobody chooses to be depressed. The actress, who has been quite vocal about her battle with depression said, "The word that best describes my experience of depression is struggle. Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time," she told the magazine.
She also said that depression is a condition in which people often confuse with being sad when in actuality; it is in face a lot more than just being sad. "People confuse it with being a bit sad. A male star said recently that he didn't have the luxury to be depressed. As if depression is a choice!" Deepika said, taking a jibe at Salman's comments.
When Deepika Padukone opened up about her experience with depression, she said it was to encourage those who were going through the same thing to speak up and seek professional help. She has been a strong advocate for mental health ever since. She said that in early 2014, she woke up one day "feeling different" and with a "strange emptiness" in her stomach. When she consulted a psychologist, she found out that she was suffering from depression.
She has also touched on the fact that there are many misconceptions surrounding depression and mental health. In an earlier interview she said that "There is this perception that if you have everything - fame, money, family - why should one be depressed. It is important to understand what depression is and why it happens. It is a clinical condition that is beyond your control."
Soon after coming out with her experience of depression, Deepika Padukone founded the ‘The Live Love Laugh Foundation’ (TLLLF). The mental health initiative enables people to come forth with their stories and also shares the stories of those who are suffering from the condition. Kudos to you DP!
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Deepika Padukone is gearing up for the release of Meghna Gulzar’s Chhappak, in which she will essay the role of an acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. She is currently in London where she is shooting for Kabir Khan’s ’83 alongside husband Ranveer Singh. She is all set to play the role of Romi Bhatia; wife of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev. The film will mark the first time the two will share screen space after tying the knot. We can’t wait to see the two on screen once again!