Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has been vocal about issues taking mental illness to sensitive journalism in the wake of the untimely demise of Kedarnath actor Sushant Singh Rajput. However, she has not made any direct comment on his death, she has been highlighting these problems since then as reportedly Sushant was going through depression and emotionally tough phase.
Deepika recently commented on a post by a Bollywood paparazzi account on Instagram. The post displayed Sushant’s body being taken from the hospital to the crematorium. The video was shared with the caption stating, “Please note my images and videos cannot be posted on any platforms without my written consent.”
Countering to this statement, Deepika took a dig at the paparazzi saying, “Right. But it is OK for you to take this video and not only post it but also probably monetize it without his or his family’s written consent?” in the comments section. Her followers appreciated her comment and acknowledged it “Well said,” one person wrote in reply to her comment. “Agree with you,” wrote another.
Deepika has long been champion of mental health awareness and founded the Live Love Laugh Foundation to spread the cause. On Twitter, she requested the media to maintain sensitivity while reporting suicide. She also broke several myths about mental health in her social media posts. “Repeat After Me. You cannot snap out of depression,” she’d written recently. Before that, the actor wrote, “Repeat After Me. Depression is not the same as sadness,” and “Repeat After Me. Feeling depressed is not the same as feeling sad.”
“As a person who has had a lived experience with mental illness, I cannot stress enough about the importance of reaching out Talk.Communicate.Express.Seek help. Remember, You are not alone. We are in this together. And most importantly, there is Hope,” Deepika had shared on her Instagram on the day of Sushant’s death.