After Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide from depression, this topic needs to be discussed. Bollywood is an industry full of glitz and glamor from the outside but has many dark secrets from the inside. Bollywood celebrities are always surrounded by their fans and media. They have to keep themselves presentable all the time. No matter how many problems they have, they still need to keep a smile on their face. They are also human beings and have their issues, weakness, and challenges. They also go through depression, mental illness, and suicidal tendencies. There are many Bollywood celebrities battled depression. Check out these renowned Bollywood celebrities battling depression, mental illness, and suicidal tendencies.
1. Ileana D’Cruz
Ileana D’Cruz once fought with depression and also suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana said that it is okay to be flawed, and you must learn to accept yourself with them. She also shares that it is necessary to have a bonding with someone you can call a family. Ileana D’Cruz also opened up about prioritizing mental health and said it is equally important.
2. Hrithik Roshan
War actor Hrithik Roshan confessed that he was in depression. Hrithik Roshan made a big case with it and said he thinks that it must be said and people should not be afraid to ask for help.
3. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma compared depression and anxiety to normal stomach pain. She said that in illness, we consult a doctor; similarly, in case of depression, we should consult a doctor. Anushka Sharma revealed that she fought depression with the help of medicines. “There is no shame in accepting that you have anxiety issues, it is normal, and it should be treated.”
4. Karan Johar
Karan Johar made an appearance on NDTV and opened up about his two-year-long battle with clinical depression. He told in an interview,
“There was a phase in my life when I was really depressed. When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest. I felt it in the middle of a meeting two and half years ago, after which I left the meeting in between saying I have something urgent to do and rushed to the doctor. He then said I am having an anxiety attack. I went to a psychologist post that. Then I realized that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such point that it resulted in anxiety. Today I feel a lot more free of it. I feel there are loads of other things to look forward to.”
5. Shama Sikander
Actress Shama Sikander, who fought with suicidal tendencies and has now found her way to a happy life, said in her statement, “I just wanted to share my story with everyone else so that they know that it is okay to be completely messed up.” The statement reminds you that it is ok to feel low sometimes, and to have suicidal tendencies as long as you make sure that you will rise above and find happiness.
6. A.R. Rahman
‘The Spirit of Music’ A.R. Rahman’s biography reveals how he fought depression and suicidal thoughts. He mentioned how it is important to maintain a balance between your thoughts and overpower good thoughts over the demons of suicidal thoughts.
7. Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan confessed that shooting a dark thriller ‘Badlapur’ had diminished his view on many things and made him fall in depressed. He said that as a young man, he has suffered harder seeing such a thing than older people. Varun Dhawan even had to take treatment to get things back in shape again.
“I was depressed and was not clinically declared depressed, but I was heading there. I was very sad to a certain degree and don’t want to use the term ‘depression’ loosely, because it’s a serious illness. It definitely affected my mental health. I was prescribed, and did see a doctor for it, as well.”
8. Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan also suffered from depression. A few years back, after the shooting of the movie “My Name is Khan”, he suffered from depression. On the set, Shahrukh Khan was wounded, and after surgery, he had long convalescence. Now, he has already returned to the shape.
“Due to the shoulder injury, and the suffering, I had got into a depression mode, but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy.”
9. Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh told a few years ago his friend had taken his own life. The mourning and the gloom made Ranveer so depressed that he had to seek help from the therapist. Also, to play the character of Alauddin Khilji in the movie Padmavat, he locked himself up to get into the skin of his character. But to overcome from that character, Ranveer Singh was advised to take the help of a psychiatrist.
10. Manisha Koirala
Manisha Koirala was one of the most successful actresses in bollywood during the 90s. She suffered from depression because of her ex-husband Samrat Dahal. Manisha Koirala is a cancer survivor. In one of her Facebook posts, she said,
“How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming distant dream… did I have bunch of friends with whom there were promises of life time? Disappointed, yes I m…but then life fills you with new hope, new friends…hoping this time round it would be rooted in deep values rather then just crazy, fun times!!”
11. Deepika Padukone
Deepika confronted various weird emotional situations. She used to break down more often and remained anxious most of the time. Over time, she realized this to be a serious problem and decided not to overlook it. Deepika Padukone said that she struggled with depression and was very unhappy for a long time. She managed to overcome the illness with the help of her parents. Being stronger, she runs the foundation to help others. Deepika Padukone said,
“I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often.”
There is no harm in visiting a psychiatrist. These mental health issues are common. With positivity, willpower, and counseling, it can be treated.