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From Ileana D’Cruz to Deepika Padukone, actors who opened up about mental health illness

Talking about mental health has traditionally been taboo in Indian society, but now celebrities are breaking the silence to encourage others to talk openly.



Ileana D'Cruz

We live in a country where depression is still seen as a fancy name for feeling blue. Being successful, having a fortunate family and luxurious life does not mean you can’t suffer from mental health illness. Bollywood celebrities would only speak about their popularity and celebrity status in front of the cameras until recently. Talking about mental health has traditionally been taboo in Indian society, but now celebrities are breaking the silence to encourage others to talk openly.

Recently, Ileana D’Cruz opened up about her mental health. The Mubarakan actor revealed that there was a time when she had developed suicidal thoughts. Last year, the Rustom actor stated that she had been subjected to body shaming since she was 12 years old. She called it an ingrained scar. She said people used to comment about her body which made her believe in them for a long time. In 2017, she uploaded a video on Instagram where she accepted battling depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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Apart from Ileana D’Cruz, there are other Bollywood celebrities who have suffered from mental health illness.

  1. Deepika Padukone

Deepika came out in the open and spoke about her mental health. She gave a detailing of how she had suffered from severe depression as a result of her failed relationship, and how the condition had taken its toll on her. Deepika was at the pinnacle of her career and fully aware that this may have a negative impact on her career, but she didn’t bat an eye and instead offered advice to people suffering from similar diseases.

  1. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan, the megastar of Bollywood, has also struggled with depression. In 1996, the actor founded ABCL, a production firm. Amitabh got bankrupt and went through a severe depression as a result of his films’ failures one after the other. However, the megastar became hot of himself and resurrected his acting career, eventually becoming who he is now.

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  1. Shaheen Bhatt

Shaheen Bhatt, sister of Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, shocked even her own family when she posted a heartfelt Instagram post about depression. She went on to describe how she had struggled with depression since she was 13 years old. She wrote that one minute everything’s fine and the next it’s like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it’s difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour – sometimes they last days, she added.

  1. Honey Singh

Bipolar disorder affected the rapper, who is known for his nasty lyrics and controversies. In interviews, he has been open about his troubles, stating that stardom and mental issues drove him to become an alcoholic in the early 2000s. He said that it was a dark period, and I don’t believe it’s worth hiding. That is my message to all of my brothers and sisters out there: don’t keep this a secret. People used to wonder where I had been for a few years. And I felt it was vital to update my fans on my health – I was sick, but now I’m fine, he added.

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Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar pens loving letter for Jacqueline Fernandez from Tihar Jail, writes my bomma I miss you a ton

Chandrasekhar is currently in Tihar Jail and wrote a loving letter to his ladylove.



Jacqueline Fernandez

The infamous love relationship between conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar and actor Jacqueline Fernandez is not hidden, especially, after their private pictures circulated on social media last year. He claimed that he is in love with the actor, however, she denied it.

Chandrasekhar is currently in Tihar Jail and wrote a loving letter to his ladylove. The letter was released on Saturday wherein the conman called Fernandez his Bomma and claimed that he missed her a ton on his birthday.

He further wrote he is at a loss for words and cannot explain how much he missed her energy around him and she need not prove her love for him.

The letter further read that Jacqueline and her love are the best gift for him which is priceless. Concludingly, he thanked the actor for giving him her heart and his friends and supporters for extending birthday wishes.

Earlier this month, on the occasion of Holi, Sukhesh had sent a handwritten note to Jacqueline. Referring to her as the most fantastic human, he wished for Fernandez’s presence around her. He further extended Holi’s wishes to her and promised to bring back colours that faded or disappeared.

Jacqueline Fernandez was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate last year in connection with Rs 200 crore money laundering case. Reports said the actor had received several expensive gifts like six Persian cats, luxury cars, bags, dresses, and others from the conman.

Apart from her, Nora Fatehi was also summoned by the ED and was questioned multiple times.

Earlier, Sukesh Chandrasekhar also accused Fatehi of being jealous of Fernandez and manipulating her to end relations with him. He released a statement from Tihar Jail and alleged that the Moroccan actor couldn’t digest the fact that he chose Fernandez over her and also called used to call her more than a ten times a day.

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Actor Nilu Kohli’s husband Harminder Singh found dead in bathroom

Singh’s last rites will take place two days from now as his son is in the Merchant Navy and is due to reach Mumbai



Nilu Kohli

In a shocking incident, TV actor Nilu Kohli’s husband Harminder Singh Kohli died on March 24. Reports said, Singh was found dead in the bathroom after he allegedly slipped, reports said.

A report in ETimes said, Singh was alone in the house with his house help and was doing fine till the afternoon of March 24.

The news of his demise was confirmed by his daughter who informed that the house help found him lying on the floor of the bathroom in the afternoon. Singh’s last rites will take place two days from now as his son is in the Merchant Navy and is due to reach Mumbai.

Reports further said Harminder Singh was doing fine till the afternoon of March 24 and didn’t come out from the bathroom after he returned from Gurudwara following which the house help went to check on him.

Singh was then immediately rushed to the hospital, however, he was declared dead. He also had diabetes.

Nilu Kohli is popular for her roles in Dil Kya Kare, Mere Angne Mein, Maddam Sir, Choti Sarrdaarni, and others. She also appeared in multiple Bollywood films including Hindi Medium, Housefull 2, and more.

The entertainment industry recently lost the noted filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar. He was 67. Earlier, veteran actor Satish Kaushik passed away due to a heart attack.

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Salman Khan death threat email linked to UK number, cops say



The email ID through which a death threat was sent to Bollywood actor Salman Khan is linked to a UK-based mobile number, the Mumbai Police has said.

According to reports quoting sources in the Mumbai Police, the email ID from which the threat was made revealed that it was linked to a mobile number in the UK and efforts are underway to trace the person under whose name the number was registered.

Mumbai Police probing the threat e-mail case received by actor Salman Khan have found a British link.

Last week, gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldie Brar and Rohit Garg were booked under sections 506(2),120(b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a case registered at the Bandra Police Station for allegedly sending threatening emails superstar Salman Khan’s office.

Salman Khan is currently under a Y+ category security cover provided by the Mumbai Police; a step taken by the Maharashtra government after the superstar had received a similar death threat from Lawrence Bishnoi gang earlier.

A death threat letter was sent to Salman and his father Salim Khan last year, which was discovered by the Khans’ security team near the Bandra Bandstand promenade outside the actor’s Mumbai home where Salim goes for his routine morning run.

In October last year, the Delhi Police revealed that in the purported plan to assassinate Salman Khan, the member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang tried to befriend the staff of the actor’s farmhouse in Mumbai in a bid to ascertain the details about the timings of his entry and exit.

Earlier this week, security was tightened outside Salman Khan’s Galaxy Apartments after he received a death threat via an email from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

The email, reportedly sent by Rohit Garg, mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi wants to meet Salman Khan in person. Bishnoi wants Salman Khan to apologize in public for killing blackbuck in 1998.

The e-mail stated Salman Khan must have seen the interview given recently to a news channel by Lawrence Bishnoi, and if not, he should see it. It further said if Khan wants to close the matter, he should talk face-to-face with Goldy bhai (Goldy Brar), adding there is still time but “agli bar, jhatka dekhne ko milega (next time you’ll have to face the music).”

Lawrence Bishnoi warned the actor that he would crush his ego sooner or later if he doesn’t apologize.

Lawrence Bishnoi is currently behind bars after was he arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on November 23 last year for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to recruit youth for carrying out terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The notorious gangster is also suspected to be behind last year’s brutal gangster-style murder of popular Punjabi singer-rapper Sidhu Moosewala. Bishnoi is the prime suspect in Moosewala’s killing.

In a recent controversy, a Punjab-based news channel allegedly aired a live interview of Bishnoi from inside the Bathinda jail, however, the Punjab Prisons administration denied reports that the program was shot inside any prison in the AAP-ruled state.

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