Famous actress Deepika Padukone reacted to Salman Khan’s 2018 controversial comments in which the Dabaang actor said he “cannot afford the luxury to be depressed.”
Deepika Padukone came for an interview to Vogue magazine, where she referencing to a male star’s comment said that “it is not a choice”.
“People confuse it (battling depression) 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!” she was quoted saying.
Deepika has long been in discussion for her depression and mental illness to the forefront in 2015.
Last year, during the TiE Global Summit, the 53-year-old actor 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 had openly said about her battle with depression on several events. She said, “Depression is sometimes perceived as a luxury. People think that those who have too much time or money get into depression. I think it is very important to break that myth.”
Salman Khan’s statement over depression did not go well with many people. “Depression is not a joke, it’s a serious illness and this man makes a joke of it,” wrote another angry Twitter user.
The 33-year-old actress has very recently attended a fundraiser for The Youth Anxiety Center in New York where she talked about the lessons she has learned from battling depression. She first revealed her battle with depression in 2015 while giving an interview to a news channel. “I woke up one morning just feeling empty you know like this pittish feeling in my stomach that I was telling them that I get this pittish feeling in my stomach. I woke up like feeling directionless, I didn’t know where to go, I didn’t know what to do and I had these bouts of feeling so low that I would just start crying at the drop of the hat,” she quoted.