Today (October 10, 2016) , Deepika Padukone was spotted at the launch of a nationwide campaign in New Delhi to bring awareness about psychological disorders, on World Mental Health Day.
The actress got teary-eyed while mentioning the cause and talked about depression and many things related to it at the event. However, the actress was in a charming mood and we have also brought to you some of the cutest clicks of Deepika Padukone from the event.
In Pic: Deepika Gets Teary-eyed
Deepika believes that mental health needs to be taken just as seriously as physical health. By sharing her own experience, Deepika is hoping to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.
Deepika Shares Her Personal Struggle
Sharing her personal struggle with depression, Deepika broke down during the function, and said, it is important that there is a supporting ecosystem of family and friends that allows the suffering person to cope with the disorder with hope and dignity.
When Deepika's Family Visited Her
"Two years back, my family had come to see me. They were about to leave and I was all alone in my bedroom, curled up. My mother walked in and asked if everything was okay, I said yes. She asked again if it was work or something else that was bothering me, I said no."
When Deepika Broke Into Tears
She added, " She asked me so many times that I felt myself choking and I broke into tears. I want to tell my mother that if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here. Thank you for being with me all through the way. Thank you to my sister, my father and friends who supported my immensely."
When Deepika Shared Her Story
"When I shared my story first, I did not feel any stigma or shame attached to it. And, the reason I came out in the open about it was because I just did not want to feel what I was feeling, I did not let depression to get the better of me," told Deepika.
Stigma Is The Root Cause
"So, I think the root cause is stigma. And the day we as a society can together get over that stigma and bring awareness about mental health issues, we will win this battle," she added.
Deepika On Our Society
"It is important to realise that the kind of society we live in today, we have become very competitive, and drilled into it, which is a good thing, but, I also think, we have become a little less sensitive to people around us...No one should feel that they do not belong to society," she said.
Social Media Creating Pressure On Celebs?
Asked if social media was creating psychological pressure on celebrities, she said, "It is important to nurture, nourish and protect ourselves...And, I wouldn't share what I do about it, as it depends on person to person. But, as my father told me, 'focus on thing in your control and not fret over things which are out of your control'."
Prasoon Joshi On Deepika
"We decided to be part of the campaign so we have volunteered and given our support. Deepika could have kept it all to herself, but she shared her struggle and turned it into a movement," CEO, McCann Worldgroup India, Prasoon Joshi said.
We're Proud Of Deepika
We are so proud of you Deepika. From entertaining the audiences to making them aware, the actress is winning our hearts like a pro!
Deepika's Professional Front
On the work front, Deepika will be next seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming magnum opus "Padmavati". Today, production banner Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced its association with SLB for Padmavati.
Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati is the banner's third collaboration with Bhansali Productions after the back-to-back success of Mary Kom and Gabbar is Back.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures is known for bringing films like Kahaani, SPECIAL 26, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Queen, Mary Kom and Drishyam along with Hollywood projects like Mission Impossible and Transformers.
Talking about the association, Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said: "Viacom18 Motion Picture believes in redefining Indian cinema with differentiated content. An epic story brought to life by Sanjay's genius for grandeur, drama and above all storytelling, 'Padmavati' has the makings of a blockbuster."
After Bajirao Mastani also hit the bull's eye, Bhansali is happy with the association. "I'm very happy to work with Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Ajit Andhare. We've had a successful partnership so far and I look forward to collaborating with them on 'Padmavati'," Bhansali said.