Actor Gulshan Devaiah has responded to actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s recent controversial comment about depression being an ‘urban concept.’ Siddiqui’s comment received significant criticism, and Devaiah has now shared his reaction.
Siddiqui’s Controversial Comment
Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently stated in an interview that depression is an ‘urban concept’ and claimed that people in rural areas do not experience it. He further mentioned that if he were to express his depression in his village, he would face a negative response. Siddiqui’s comments sparked backlash and raised questions about his understanding of mental health.
In response to Nawazuddin’s comment, actor Gulshan Devaiah tweeted a link to Siddiqui’s interview and expressed his thoughts. Devaiah compared Siddiqui’s perspective to the characters of Dritharashtra and Gandhari from the Mahabharata, implying that some individuals choose not to see certain realities. He also highlighted the existence of mental health issues in rural communities, citing addiction as an example. Devaiah emphasized that addiction is a symptom, while the underlying problem lies in unresolved trauma.
Gulshan Devaiah’s Perspective
Gulshan Devaiah further commented on the term ‘mental illnesses,’ expressing concern about the word ‘illnesses’ itself. He suggested that the term may frighten people, including himself, as it associates mental health with being ‘paagal’ or insane. Devaiah’s reaction reflects a broader discussion about the stigmatization of mental health issues and the need for awareness and understanding in society.
It is important to note that mental health is a complex and multifaceted issue that affects individuals regardless of their geographic location. Discussions around mental health should promote empathy, understanding, and destigmatization rather than perpetuating misconceptions.
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