Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was recently seen gracing the hot seat along with filmmaker Farah Khan on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 13’. The two marked the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi celebration on the show with a special episode that aired on September 10, 2021.
Deepika, made an appearance on the show to raise funds for her organisation that supports mental health. She even addressed her own struggle with depression and said that if she could help even one person with her story then she would succeed.
The 35-year-old actress has always been vocal about the seriousness of mental health issues and her own battle with depression.
Deepika hesitated and stuttered for a moment, before she could begin narrating her story. She then said, “Suddenly mujhe aise laga ki mere paet mein ek ajeeb sa feeling hota tha, ek khaalipan mein mehsoos karti this. Mujhe aise lagta tha ki mujhe kaam pe nahi jaana hai. Mein kisi ko milna nahi chahti thi, mein bahar nahi jaana chahti thi. Mein kuch nahi karna chahti thi. Kaafi baar, I don't know if I should say this, but jeene ki jo ... I didn't feel like living anymore. I felt like I had no purpose,” as quoted by DNA.
The Bajirao Mastani actress spilled shocking details about her battle with depression and revealed that she repeatedly cried during that period. During her interaction with Amitabh Bachchan, on KBC13, Deepika recalled an incident from ‘Happy New Year’ shoot and asserted that she would go and cry in the van after her shoot was over. “Didn’t know myself why I was crying or feeling like that,” she added.
Deepika also mentioned that it was her mother, Ujjala Padukone, who one day noticed that the actress’ cry was different than usual, it “was a cry for help,” she said.
The 35-year-old later contacted a psychiatrist who figured out that she was not okay and needed help. The actress said that now she feels better and has made lifestyle changes as well.
Farah Khan, on the other hand made an appearance on the show to raise money for Ayansh, a 17-month old child suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy and required a Rs 16 crore injection to survive.
Farah and Deepika managed to win Rs 25 lakhs after which the hooter went off and the episode was concluded for the day.
On the work front, Deepika has several interesting projects in the pipeline including Pathan, Fighter, Mahabharata, the Hindi remake of The Intern, Nag Ashwin’s next with Prabhas and Shakun Batra’s untitled next.
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