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Ira Khan shared a video after being trolled for speaking about her depression. Do we really need to justify our mental health to anyone?
On Sunday, Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira Khan revealed that she was sexually harassed at the age of 14 by someone she knew. In the ten minute-long video she shared on her Instagram page, she spoke about several personal challenges. These included being diagnosed with a dreadful disease at six, being sexually harassed at 14, her parents’ divorce and her battle with depression.
Instead of receiving public support and positivity, Ira had to face various insensitive questions about her “privileges.”
‘Why are you depressed? You have everything by the grace of God. You should be thankful for it.’ How many times have we pushed the people battling depression into guilt that they aren’t ‘thankful’ for their life?
We simply assume depression is caused when a person is unsatisfied with their life, thus believing that the ‘privileged’ cannot be depressed. Ira Khan too admitted that her privilege meant ‘she should handle stuff on her own.’
But what we forget or refuse to accept is that depression is an ailment of the mind and can affect us all. We often push people to think that they are ‘making it up’ or ‘it’s all in their mind.’ With the fear of being tagged ‘ungrateful’ and ‘attention-seeking,’ a number of individuals refuse to share their pain and continue to suffer alone.
Whenever someone comes out to share their battle with depression or strives to seek help, we often tag it as ‘attention-seeking behaviour’ or a ‘publicity stunt. Especially when it comes to Bollywood, we assume that anything and everything is a publicity stunt.
In many movies today, depression is romanticised and glorified, giving an impression that it is something ‘cool and trendy’ that can just be addressed with a few kind words. Due to this notion, the majority of the people don’t come forward or seek help. Besides, there is the fear of being ignored or worse, being trolled
No one should need to justify their depression to others. In Bollywood, where all we see is glamour and luxury, battling with depression is a tough task. We need to realise the exhaustion of depression when you’re expected to constantly smile, function ‘regularly’ even as you want to break down and cry your heart out.
Nobody should be made to find a ‘valid reason’ for their depression because like all physical ailments, depression, too, is an ailment even if it’s invisible.
Picture credits: Ira Khan’s Instagram
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Fathers play a crucial role in nurturing and raising children, so why isn't paternity leave considered essential?
Some time ago, Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were in the news, yet again. An entertainment website, Bollywood Hungama, reported that the expectant father, Ranbir, wished to take paternity leave to spend time with his baby when it arrived.
The website claimed that the actor would not be signing new films for the time being. He would take care of the child, while his wife Alia would return to work at the earliest.
One would think the internet would laud this sweet and thoughtful gesture. Instead, Ranbir got trolled for his decision to be a stay-at-home dad. Netizens made fun of him; they claimed that it was because he had no offers in the pipeline, and Alia was far more successful than him. Others claimed that it was the right decision – his recent films (other than Brahmastra) had bombed, and it was time he reflected on his roles.
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