Hrithik Roshan went through bad times with his divorce with ex-wife Suzanne Khan, then the legal war with actress Kangana Ranaut and then his last movie ‘Mohenjo Daro’ not doing well at the box office. Despite all the difficulties, the actor has remained headstrong and he recently opened up about having suffered from depression at a low point in his life. After Deepika Padukone, he’s the second one who’s spoken so openly on the issue and he says he’s proud of her.
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, who fronts a new campaign #EverydayHeroes, which celebrates real life people who have bravely spoken up, overcome prejudices and biases against mental illnesses and sought help.
This is how Hrithik answered bravely about dealing with depression for his campaign #EverydayHeroes :
1.) You recently spoke about your struggle with depression?Mental health is important. We all know that, but when it comes down to talking about matters like depression or OCD or anxiety, I feel people find it difficult to seek help even if it is
Mental health is important. We all know that, but when it comes down to talking about matters like depression or OCD or anxiety, I feel people find it difficult to seek help even if it is from a close friend, because of a wrong presumption that it is weakness or the person’s fault or that it makes them less in some form. This stigma needs to be destroyed.
2.) Why didn’t you speak about your depression before?
I have never suffered clinical depression. But we all know what depression feels like, we all have been there or will experience it at some point in our life. There is no escaping the dark side of life.
3.) So you haven’t experienced depression first hand?
But I have seen it from extremely close quarters and it pains me to see that people will suffer in silence when there are simple ways to treat it. And help is around. They just need to reach out. It is not their fault.
4.) Does your own vulnerability empower you to help others?
Being vulnerable makes us human. It’s our vulnerabilities that make us human. I am proud of Deepika Padukone, who so courageously came forth.
5.) Are you now associated with the campaign to celebrate Everyday Heroes?
This is a topic where I would invite more people to get involved since it is relevant to each one of us. If by my presence, the message reaches out to a few more people, I will be happy.
At work front, Hrithik is all geared up for his next release Kaabil. The teaser of the movie is out now and the trailer will release on 26 Oct 2016. It will clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ on 26th January 2017.