Celebrities & Mental Health: Their life is not a fairytale

It is completely incorrect to draw correlations between mental disease and looks.
People frequently attempt to link mental health, mental illness, and a person's level of happiness or unhappiness (Unsplash)
People frequently attempt to link mental health, mental illness, and a person's level of happiness or unhappiness (Unsplash)

Depression is still seen as a fancy term for feeling a little sad in our society. There is no question that we as a nation and society have come a long way from the time when mental health issues were equated with being insane, but we still have a long way to go in terms of normalizing the same. People frequently attempt to link mental health, mental illness, and a person's level of happiness or unhappiness.

It is completely incorrect to draw correlations between mental disease and looks. It's common to hear statements like, "He has a lot of money and spends a lot on clothes and possessions, how could he be depressed?" Or other expressions like "he achieved great fame in such a short time. Why he might be down. He was satiated in every way.

People frequently attempt to link mental health, mental illness, and a person's level of happiness or unhappiness (Unsplash)
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Bollywood celebrities would only speak about their popularity and celebrity status in front of the cameras until recently.

Deepika's open admission of her struggle with depression was the catalyst for a wave of public speaking by celebrities about their own personal struggles (Wikimedia Commons)
Deepika's open admission of her struggle with depression was the catalyst for a wave of public speaking by celebrities about their own personal struggles (Wikimedia Commons)

Deepika Padukone: Deepika's open admission of her struggle with depression was the catalyst for a wave of public speaking by celebrities about their struggles and events that left them so shaken they developed mental illnesses. It was the first time an A-list celebrity truly decided to be upfront about her mental state and let everyone know. She addressed the entire world and discussed her severe depression as a result of her failed relationship and how the sickness as a whole had a negative impact on her. At the height of her career, Deepika was well aware that this could hurt her line of work, but she showed no concern and offered coping mechanisms to those who experienced similar illnesses.

Dilip Kumar: Dilip Kumar, one of Bollywood's most admired actors, was madly in love with Madhubala, his co-star in the film Mughal-e-Azam, but they were unable to be together for many reasons. Despite being married to Saira Banu, he fell into depression after Madhubala's passing.

Shah Rukh Khan admitted that he fell into a slump after his shoulder injury since he believed he wouldn't be able to provide the same type of performances on film (Wikimedia Commons)
Shah Rukh Khan admitted that he fell into a slump after his shoulder injury since he believed he wouldn't be able to provide the same type of performances on film (Wikimedia Commons)

Sanjay Dutt: Surrounded by controversies, Sanjay Dutt has faced more troubles than most actors in Bollywood. After he lost his mother and wife due to cancer, followed by allegations of his involvement in the ’93 Mumbai blasts, he revealed that his imprisonment made him get into depression. It was reported even that the actor was even unable to sleep.

Shah Rukh Khan: He admitted that he fell into a slump after his shoulder injury since he believed he wouldn't be able to provide the same type of performance on film. Nevertheless, he overcame his physical and mental health problems, and we are all aware of his current situation.

Silk Smitha endured hardships and physical abuse from her male friends and lovers due to her profession (Wikimedia Commons)
Silk Smitha endured hardships and physical abuse from her male friends and lovers due to her profession (Wikimedia Commons)

Even while fighting an internal sense of powerlessness and hopelessness, you can smile and share joyful images on social media. Bollywood film has also been affected by mental illness. In the Bollywood industry, some performers and actresses too took their own lives.

Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati: She was referred to as Silk Smitha. She was a 1960 birth year for south Indian actress. In Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films, she had appeared in almost 450. She was regarded as the ultimate actress and sex symbol. She was found dead in her Chennai, India, residence on September 23, 1996. She also killed herself. Although the cause of her death is still unknown, it is believed that she was depressed because of her debt from making movies and that this contributed to her passing. She hung herself from a saree, and there were significant amounts of alcohol in her blood, according to the postmortem report

Sushant Singh Rajput, the Indian actor began his career in TV serials (Wikimedia Commons)
Sushant Singh Rajput, the Indian actor began his career in TV serials (Wikimedia Commons)

Sushant Singh Rajput: The Indian actor began his career in TV serials after his 1986 birth. On June 14, 2020, his hung body was discovered in his Bandra residence. Although there was no suicide note discovered, it was said that the actor had depression all the time. He was also found to have some medical records and depression medication, according to Mumbai police.

Jiah Khan was a singer and actress who was British-American (Wikimedia Commons)
Jiah Khan was a singer and actress who was British-American (Wikimedia Commons)

Jiah Khan: She was born in 1988 and went by the name Nafisa Rizvi Khan at birth. She was a singer and actress who was British-American. She was discovered dead at her family's Juhu, Mumbai, home on June 3, 2013. In a six-page suicide note that was discovered in her home a few days after she had passed away, it was stated that she had killed herself because of her boyfriend, Sooraj Pancholi. She uncovered some misconduct against him.

It's crucial to avoid categorizing depression as a particular emotional state or connecting what is commonly referred to as depression with a certain physiological response pattern. No one can predict the basic makeup of the underlying physiologies and antecedent conditions that lead to the feeling of depression.
Dr. Latha Venkatraman, Psychiatrist, Bengaluru.
People frequently attempt to link mental health, mental illness, and a person's level of happiness or unhappiness (Unsplash)
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When you are psychologically ill, there is a depressing stillness that welcomes you, in stark contrast to the bouquets and phone calls you receive when you are physically ill. Sadly, we still live in a society where seeing a therapist is frowned upon.

Films serve more than merely as entertainment. They may be soul food if done right. Additionally, they don't always have to be dramatic. Some movies might be straightforward and endearing and affect us on a far deeper level. Such kind of movie is Dear Zindagi. It is a letter of love that has been yearning to be written to life. And we're happy that the anarchy that permeates our daily lives was brought under control by director Gauri Shinde.

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