Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has been one of those brave celebrities in the industry who has opened up on her mental health. While many actors shy away from speaking about their mental trauma, Deepika broke her silence about her battle with depression. At the same time, she also shed light on the stigma around mental health. Not just that, the actress who will be soon seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, also came up with an initiative to help people juggling with depression and other mental health issues. She started a foundation named The Live Love Laugh Foundation, to help people get better access to therapists and spreading awareness about mental health.
Deepika gracing the covers of Vogue magazine. In the cover story, the actress opened up about depression. “The word that best describes my experience of depression is struggle. Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time,” she said. She also spoke about the misunderstandings people have around depression. “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!” The actress also revealed that it was her parents who helped her out. Her mother identified the symptoms in her. “They are honest and elegant and dignified and authentic. They ground me,” she said.
Deepika also spoke that she has no qualms and regret of coming out in open about her depression story. When she was asked she said, “Not at all.” She added, “I felt such relief afterwards. It was liberating, like a crushing weight had been lifted off me. I’d do it all over again. Also, it made me more aware of myself.”
The magazine also added that the actress is currently more cautious of her mental health now.
Deepika is currently shooting for the Kapil Dev biopic 83 with hubby Ranveer Singh. In the movie, she is playing the role of Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia while Ranveer, plays the Indian cricket team’s captain.