Bhagyashree Reveals Dealing With Depression When No One Knew About It, Adds How Daughter Helped Her

In a recent interview, Bhagyashree opened up about facing depression in her life when her family was busy with their work. However, she also stated how her daughter later helped her fight against it.


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Bhagyashree Reveals Dealing With Depression When No One Knew About It, Adds How Daughter Helped Her

Veteran actress, Bhagyashree is a real-life princess of the Marathi royal family of Sangli in Maharashtra, and her full name is Bhagyashree Patwardhan. She became an overnight sensation with her portrayal of a shy girl in the role of 'Suman' in Salman Khan's Maine Pyar Kiya. However, when her career was at its peak, she eloped with the love of her life, Himalaya Dassani, and they tied the knot in 1990. Afterwards, they were blessed with two beautiful kids, Abhimanyu Dassani and Avantika Dassani. Now, the actress opened up about going through a difficult phase while dealing with depression. She also mentioned how her daughter, despite being away from her, helped her to come out of it.

Bhagyashree talks about battling depression, reveals she lost belief in herself

In an interview with Pinkvilla, Bhagyashree revealed that she went through a difficult phase of her life when she was battling with depression. The actress mentioned that there were instances when she lost belief in herself and no one from her family, including Himalaya Dassani, Abhimanyu Dassani and Avantika Dassani, were around her. Bhagyashree talked about the emptiness she felt due to the same and stated:

“Belief in yourself is very important I think somewhere in between my life I lost belief on myself and that was a phase of my life where my children weren’t there with me, Avantika had gone to London, husband was doing very well so he was traveling a lot, his work took him out a lot and for me, it was almost an emptiness and I started questioning myself on who I am, what do I really like, what makes me happy, what makes me smile.”

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Bhagyashree reveals that in her generation, there was a lack of awareness about mental health issues

In the same conversation, Bhagyashree mentioned that when she was battling depression, people were not much aware of mental health issues. Thus, she was unable to understand what she was going through. But she gradually understood that she was required to introspect herself to regain the lost belief. She continued:

“Aaj log bahut aasani se bolte hain ‘depression’, we didn’t know at that time what depression was maybe that’s what I was going through at that point of time. And somewhere down that line I looked at myself in the mirror and asked myself would I like to be friends with who I see in the mirror and I said no, and I didn’t recognize myself and I said that’s not who I should be, and I need to change that narrative for myself.”

Bhagyashree on her daughter helping her through the difficult phase

Finally, Bhagyashree mentioned that although her daughter, Avantika was not with her at that moment, but the latter tried her best to bring the former back from the state of depression. The doting mommy gave the entire credit to her daughter, who helped her heal through such times and divulged how Avantika could help her. Bhagyashree also mentioned that it was then, upon Avantika's advice, that she started making new friends. She added:

“I feel my daughter really helped me that’s why she says we are so close and bonded because a lot of things that were left unspoken she spoke on my behalf after she said this is what you should do, she would talk to the family, and she said mom is going through this, and she would tell my friends that get mom out, and she needs to go out, and she needs to meet more people and I think that is the time when I made friends for the first time. I actually made my own friends people that were close to me that were apart from my family and my husband and the world outside and I chose to make those friends. I chose to live my life the way I want to and yeah that changed the narrative for me and that worked."

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At the end of the conversation, Bhagyashree discussed the importance of the lack of awareness around mental health. She mentioned that people dealing with this should understand how they need to communicate about their feelings. However, she also mentioned the importance of good listeners to help that person come out of depression. However, the actress shared that the final call should always be taken by themselves, and they need to curate a path to walk upon and reach a goal. She concluded by saying that God can help only those who help themselves.


Well, we are immensely proud that Bhagyashree could come out from her difficult phase after battling depression. What do you think about her revelations? Let us know!

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