Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently stated in an interview that individuals residing in rural areas do not experience depression, suggesting that urban dwellers tend to glorify their emotions. His comments on the topic of depression received significant backlash on social media. Actor Gulshan Devaiah has now expressed his thoughts on Nawazuddin’s perspective on mental health through a tweet.
Expressing his deep admiration for Nawazuddin’s artistic abilities, Gulshan took to Twitter to convey that he found it difficult to consider Nawazuddin’s recent remark regarding mental health as credible. Gulshan Devaiah pointed out that mental illnesses such as alcoholism or addictions do exist in rural communities and should be recognized as such. He emphasized that individuals do not engage in addictive behaviours out of affection, but rather as a response to the underlying trauma they have endured, which he identified as the real problem. He tweeted, “Dhritarashtra and Gandhari syndrome. I immensely respect the man for his craft, but I’d not take him seriously on this issue. If you even just look at alcoholism or addictions, they exist in rural communities and that’s mental illness. No addict indulges in addiction because they love it. The addiction is a symptom, the real problem is the trauma they can’t heal.”
A Twitter user asked Gulshan, “If I may ask you what is “Dhritarashtra and Gandhari syndrome”?, the actor replied, “Some are blind and others blindfolded. If they don’t see, it don’t exist.”
Earlier while talking to Mashable India, Siddiqui stated that depression is such an alien thing for people from villages. He asserted, “I come from a place where, if I would tell my father that I am feeling depressed, he would give me one tight slap… Depression waha nahi tha, kisi ko bhi nahi hota waha depression, sab khush hai. But I learnt about anxiety, depression, bipolar after coming to the city.”
He further stated, “Ye shehro mein aake hoti hai, yaha pe har aadmi apne chhote emotions ko bhi bohot glorify karta hai.”
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