Anupam Kher Reveals Mental Illness

Actor Anupam Kher opens up about his mental illness, diagnosed as manic depressive as well as how the lockdown has made him a calmer person.

MENTAL HEALTH: Actor Anupam Kher opens up about his mental illness, diagnosed as manic depressive as well as how the lockdown has made him a calmer person. Taking care of your mental health is as important as maintaining your physical fitness. After all, we need both to live a happy and balanced life. Kher speaks about his struggle with depression and overcoming loss.

Anupam Kher is a renowned Indian actor, the former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, is a recipient of two National Film Awards along with eight Filmfare Awards. The actor who has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and many plays also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Saaransh. The veteran actor said that he was diagnosed as manic depressive, reports Hindustan Times. A person with bipolar disorder, which was earlier known as manic depression, commonly goes through periods of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. The actor was quoted saying,

“I was clinically diagnosed as manic depressive. I went to the doctor, surrounded myself with medication and moved on.” The actor continued, “Humei apne tarike se deal karna hota hai (we have to deal with it in our own way) and friends and family should understand if one is behaving in a lonely manner it is important to get them out of the zone.”

The actor further revealed that he had suffered facial paralysis during the shooting of ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’, reports Times of India. He was quoted saying,

“When I was doing Hum Aapke Hai Koun I got facial paralysis. I went to Sooraj Barjatya and told him my face is twisted but I am ready to shoot. When you confront situations it makes you believe in yourself more.”

The actor mentioned that failure is an event and never a person. He added, “You need to continue doing what you feel is right and then after few years, you need to reinvent yourself, craft and keep moving on. You need to keep exploring and not boast over your laurels and start every day as a newcomer.”

Speaking about the current situation he was quoted saying, “The entertainment world wasn’t prepared for this. There’ve been emotional and financial losses. I’m an eternal optimist and so, I believe that things will soon be fine. Outdoor shoots will be easier than shooting inside studios. Necessity is the mother of invention. I’m sure we’ll invent a way to go about it.”

The actor said he has become calmer as a person because of the lockdown. While we all have learnt a lesson or two during the quarantine period, it is good to see the actor open up about his mental well being.

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The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is Africa’s largest mental health support and advocacy group open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm. If you are needing a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group call SADAG on 011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26 and speak to a trained counselor who can assist you further. Substance abuse hotline: 0800 12 13 14 is available 24hrs or alternatively email Zane on zane@sadag.org

If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. India Helplines: Aasra: 022 2754 6669; Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050 and Sanjivini: 011-24311918

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