It was not about being brave or revolutionary: Deepika on sharing depression battle

NEW DELHI: Actor Deepika Padukone may have been vocal about her battle with depression, but the actor says while opening up her aim was not to look “brave”.

The 32-year-old star said when she shared her struggles for the first time, she just wanted to be “honest” with herself and her fans.

“For me coming out with my experience and sharing it with the world really was about being honest. At that point, four years ago, I didn’t think about it as being brave. I didn’t think that it was meant to be revolutionary” she said.

Deepika said she felt it was important for her to share “something that had changed my life. And something that I felt had a lot of stigma when I was experiencing it. There wasn’t much awareness…Even we weren’t familiar with what I was going through.

“There was also this feeling that ‘Maybe we should not talk about it and keep it hush. So there was a lack of awareness there was a lot of stigma.”

The actor was speaking at a discussion titled “Finding Beauty in Imperfection”, organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) here on Saturday.

The “Padmaavat” star said that it was her mother, Ujjala Padukone, who realised that she was suffering from depression. (AGENCIES)