Deepika Padukone has opened up about her battle with depression on countless occasions and the 32-year-old actress has always emphasised on the need to ‘break certain myths’ around mental illness. One such myth is that “depression is sometimes perceived as luxury,” she said at an event in New Delhi. The last time the words ‘depression’ and ‘luxury’ were used in the same sentence was by Salman Khan. In February, the 52-year-old actor had said: “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 statement ‘worked against’ him – but more about that later.
Earlier this week, Pinkvilla quoted Deepika Padukone as saying: “I want to clarify that it can happen to anybody from any field, irrespective of their socio-economic background. Depression is sometimes perceived as a luxury. People think that those who have too much time or money get into depression. I think it is very important to break that myth.” Deepika’s statement went viral and a section of Twitter backed the actress, saying, “Thank you, Deepika… Depression is definitely not a luxury.” Another comment read: “Salman and his fans can learn a thing or two from Deepika.” One Twitter user said: “Isko (Salman Khan) depression ka matlab bhi nahi pata hoga.”