Deepika Padukone has made herself vulnerable to the preying eyes of the public and the media by opening up on her battle with depression on several occasions. For someone who is classically beautiful, a talented actress, and seemingly full of energy and life, it is especially significant for someone in her position to speak up and show people that nobody has a perfect life, and it is okay to internally struggle sometimes, whoever you are.
Speaking at a launch event for a new initiative, called ‘How India Perceives Mental Health,’ she addressed the misconception of depression being a luxury. She said, “I want to clarify that it can happen to anybody from any field, irrespective of their socio-economic background. 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.”
The comments appeared to many as a thinly veiled jab at Salman Khan, who had stated in February “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.”
Twitter immediately sided with Deepika, mocking Bhai for his seemingly insensitive comments.