Deepika Padukone hits back at Salman Khan over depression comment

Deepika Padukone has been open about struggling with depression and anxiety. At a recent event in Delhi, while speaking about the less talked about disease, the ‘Piku’ actress said that depression is often perceived as a luxury which is not true. Deepika’s statement was touted as a hit back comment to Salman Khan’s remark on depression.

In a conversation with IANS, the actor had revealed, "I see a lot of people going on vacations, but I cannot afford that luxury of taking a vacation.''

''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.''

The actress was in Delhi to release a survey titled 'How India perceives mental health' which has been published by her Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF). The NGO aims to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health.

Speaking at the event, Deepika said, "When we were talking about more celebrities coming out and speaking and when we were talking about stigma, there is a lot of miscommunication that depression happens to people who are successful. I want to clarify that it can happen to anybody from any field.''

''There is a perception that it happens to big (popular) people who are successful. It is sometimes perceived as luxury... (But) It is important to break that myth."

''I never thought about what people will think of me, or how it would affect my work or if I would be offered any films. None of these thoughts ever crossed my mind.''

''I was only thinking about how I felt about the issue: There was a lot of stigma attached to it. I thought if I could save even one life by sharing my story, everything I set out to do would make sense. And today, when I see the kind of impact we've had in the lives of thousands of people, it is very gratifying.''