Mahesh Bhatt opened up about daughter Shaheen Bhatt's mental illness and talked about the rampant issue of depression and the growing cases of suicide in the country
After Deepika Padukone publicly addressing the issue of depression, we heard Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen Bhatt, grappling with this mental illness. Recently, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City, talked about the rampant issue of depression and the growing cases of suicide in the country. Citing the example of daughter Shaheen, the director said, “It’s a form of mental illness and it can be treated. When you suffer with diabetes then, you have to take insulin shots. Similarly, when you are prone towards depression then you need to consult a doctor who can treat you through medication but, I think in our country, we are lacking in generating awareness about mental illness. Almost in every household people are suffering from depression.”
Giving the example of his own daughter Shaheen Bhatt, the filmmaker shared, “My daughter Shaheen, Alia’s elder sister, she, at the age of 16 discovered finally that she is suffering from clinical depression. In October, she is launching her own memoir in which she has talked about the kind of struggle she has gone through in that phase.” But not just this because Bhatt saab revealed that Shaheen was at the point where she thought about committing suicide. “She also came to a point of attempting a suicide at the age of 12-13 so this is the truth of my own house,” revealed the filmmaker.
The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City addresses many sensitive issues like loneliness, communal harmony and mental health that exist in our society. In retrospect, Shaheen Bhatt, in a leading magazine, had written about her struggle with depression. “I’ve lived with depression since I was 12 years old and since then I’ve been suicidal on more than one occasion. I’ve experienced the sheer terror of contemplating a life filled with unrelenting anguish, and I’ve been consumed by the terrifying thought of having but a single means of escape from a bleak, unbearable future,” she had said