Neha Dhupia lauds Deepika Padukone for her campaign on mental health: I think it’s very brave of her

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In a country like India, subjects like mental health or depression have always been a taboo. There’s still stigma attached to it. Amidst the lockdown, people’s mental health has been severely affected due to varied reasons. More than anything discussions about mental health and domestic abuse is evident now.

Neha Dhupia‘s short film Step Out revolves around the mental health and domestic abuse issue. The actress in an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble opened up about the common perception attached to people battling depression. She also lauded Deepika Padukone for being the front-runner in the mental health awareness campaign.

In B-town, Deepika Padukone has been one of those rare actresses who has been vocal about battling with depression. The Chhapaak actress has even founded a non-profit organization Live Love Laugh that strives towards raising awareness about mental health issues in India.

Off late, a few more actresses like Shraddha Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Neha Dhupia have come forward and spoke about the importance of mental health. Commenting on the same, Neha told Bollywood Bubble, “I am not in a position to say anything about what anyone says. And I am not ever going to be that person because I have done it in the past and I am not going to judge what anyone says about anything. Because you don’t know what they are going through. You don’t know where they are coming from. You don’t know whether you have to take someone at their face value or the circumstances under what they are saying it.”

“But yes, someone like Deepika who has said that she has gone through mental health issues, I think it’s very brave of her. Because there’s such a huge stigma attached to it. I am sure she must have thought about it. She is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in cinema. She is considered to be the biggest star in our country. Would that affect her career? would that affect the brands that are paying her hefty sums? No. But she was brave enough. And I feel like once she led the way she must have thought about it. She must have gone through it and then she also paved the way for many ordinary people to come out and talk about it. And I am not saying somebody is ordinary or extraordinary but you would have to give it to that girl. She is a megastar. This is something that she has taken on. And she has spoken about life instances when it has happened with her, ” she added further lauding the leggy beauty for her efforts to raise awareness about being mentally healthy.

You can check out the entire interview below:

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