The movies have always been a mirror of the society. Producers, Directors, script writers and actors have constantly been in the search of powerful emotions. That's why today the great majority of Bollywood not only personally consults psychiatrists for their emotional and behavioral problems, but also so impressed by the emotions that make adapted films out of real life incidences.
“He was trapped, couldn’t give away his friends and couldn’t turn his back on his family... He took the easiest way out, he jumped out of the window” - Raju Rastogi ( character played by Sharman Joshi from movie 3 idiots, who attempts suicide because cannot find a solution)
"In a split second he was lost oblivious of the moment that had just passed and the happenings in his surrounding” – Sanjay Singhania (character played by Aamir Khan in movie Ghajini, who suffers from Progressive Memory loss)
“Nobody believes him. He gives up his life to run away from a voice that keeps haunting him” – Karthik ( character played by Farhan Akhtar in the movie Karthik Calling Karthik, who suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia)
“Jisne pi nahi whiskey, Kismat phoot gayee uski” – dialogue by Vicky Kapoor (character played by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie Sharaabi, who suffers from Alcohol addiction)
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in every 4 people or 25% of the population experience at least one kind of Mind-Body illness during the course of a year.
Anxiety, Mental Restlessness and Depression are the most common of them but the number of cases of schizophrenia, addictions, bipolar disorder and personality disorder are on alarming rise.
Everyone has had a friend, colleague or family who has suffered from a Mind-body problem. Unlike physical ailments such as cancer or heart disease, these illness is not visible. That’s why most cases go untreated and until it becomes serious.
The Western Society is much more progressive and accepting about Mind-body problems. They realise that in modern times a healthy mind is the only way to success, happiness and joy.
Jim Carrey, one of Hollywood's most famous comic actor, has openly accepted being hospitalised to battle his struggle with depression.
Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s most reputed TV anchors, has publically accredited her counselor and psychiatrists success to strength of having survived physical and sexual abuse.
J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series, has openly talked about her bouts of depression and feelings of suicide.
Unlike US, Canada or Western European countries, in India most people who suffer from such issues prefer to isolate themselves from the society than seek help.
The biggest road block to happiness is that they feel alone in this battle. They start comparing others with themselves and see others as always happy. Many others seek pleasure by emotionally or physically harming others.
A coveted place whose habitants are always seen to be happy is the Indian Film Industry.
What we tend to forget is that behind the cover of all that fame, money and pain even Bollywood, Tollywood or the entire Indian Film Industry is not away from emotional pain.
Bollywood always loved to keep its dark secrets away from the public. Parveen Babi has been the best example of the same. A beautiful woman who achieved all that she wanted, but finally succumbed to a pitiful death in loneliness because she or those next to her never got Paranoid Schizophrenia cured.
Dilip Kumar, the thespian of Indian film Industry, is one of the few old timers who has openly accepted consulting a Psychiatrist to battle his depression and deep fears.
Shahrukh Khan, the King of Bollywood is one of the new thinkers who broken social taboo and openly discussed his battle with depression during the recovery process of his shoulder injury. He is also not shy to discuss his sister's life battle with depression and has discussed her plight in many interviews.
Hrithik Roshan has discussed how he battled stammering for 30years of his life. How he would be made fun of by other kids, how he would suffer from anxiety attacks when had to give oral examinations, and how his body would tremble at the thought of public speaking.
Salman Khan, the “bhai” of Bollywood has never shied away from accepting that he has had problems controlling his anger and aggression. He also asks his fans not to follow his footsteps into smoking addiction.
Fortunately, more Bollywood actors have been coming forward with this issue. More movies are being made on the same, and slowly people are understanding that “healthy mind” is the only possible gateway to happiness.
Thanks for reading
Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS,PGDPM, MBPS, MD(mindmantra))
Motivational Speaker - Mind Trainer –
Emotional, Behavioral, Sleep, Memory and Sexual Health Consultant at Mind Mantra.
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