Deepika Padukone has always been open about her mental health, in a bid to have more discussions on this very important topic.
And in the most recent edition of Harper’s Bazaar, she continued the dialogue.
The actress says six years ago she was overcome by an unshakeable feeling of emptiness and no matter how much she fought against it, she was spiralling into despair:
“I was constantly trying to figure out why. Why did that happen? Why was it that so few people could understand what I was going through? Why was it that I wasn’t able to explain it to them? When I reflected upon my own experience, it made me realise how much stigma there is and how ill-informed we are about mental illness.”
She went on to say:
“There’s this assumption that people with severe mental illness are ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’. Until people understand what mental health is and why it happens, automatically the stigmatisation process will continue.”
Deepika’s latest movie is called “Chhapaak” – a biopic centered on real-life acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
She plays the main character and also eventually came on board as a producer.