Deepika Padukone has called Salman Khan out for his old remark that he did not have the “luxury of being depressed”. The actress, who has been quite vocal about her battle with depression, said in a recent interview with Vogue that no one chooses to be depressed.
“The word that best describes my experience of depression is struggle. Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time,” she told the magazine.
“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!” Deepika said, taking a jibe at Salman’s comments.
Last year, at an event, Salman said, “I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can’t afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me.”
Deepika opened up about her struggle with depression to encourage others going through the same thing to seek professional help. She said that in early 2014, she woke up one day “feeling different” and with a “strange emptiness” in her stomach. When she consulted a psychologist, she found out that she was suffering from depression.
On India Today India Tomorrow with Rajdeep Sardesai, Deepika said, “There is this perception that if you have everything – fame, money, family – why should one be depressed. It is important to understand what depression is and why it happens. It is a clinical condition that is beyond your control.”
Deepika debunked the myth that depression only affects people of a certain economic background or status. “That’s why I came out with my experience: there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness, to seeking help and a lot of misinformation about what it is and why it happens. It was important for me to be a part of creating that awareness,” she said.
On October 10, 2015 (World Mental Health Day), Deepika started the Live Love Laugh Foundation to create awareness about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma surrounding them.