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There is a section in our society, where people still consider talking about mental health as one of the biggest taboos. For them, it is just a ‘phase’ which will eventually get over. And the worst affected among them are celeb kids, who are often questioned about their ‘privileges’. When a celeb comes out in open to talk about their issues related to mental health, they are either trolled or subjected to hatred. However, it takes a lot to come out in open and talk about it. One such celeb kid, who has recently opened up about being clinically depressed is Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira Khan. (Also Read: Bigg Boss 14: Eijaz Khan And Pavitra Punia Go On A Date, Actress Cooks Food For Him [See Video])
Aamir Khan and Reena Datta’s daughter, Ira Khan is a bundle of talent and every one is eagerly waiting for Ira to announce her Bollywood debut. But she has already made her debut behind the camera. In 2019, Ira had made her directorial debut with a theatre production, Euripides' Medea. The play was an adaptation of Euripides' Greek tragedy, Medea and had starred her brother, Junaid Khan and actress, Hazel Keech. Announcing the same on her IG handle, Ira had written, “Euripiedes' Medea. My first play. My first properly professional endeavour. I can't wait for everyone to watch it! Come and hopefully you will walk out feeling what only a great work of storytelling can make you feel.”
On Mental Health Day, Ira had admitted of being clinically depressed. And now, the budding filmmaker opened up about the same. On November 1, 2020, she took to her IG handle and shared a 10-minute video. She started the video by addressing her ‘privilege’ of being Aamir Khan’s daughter, “I never spoke to anyone about anything because I assumed that my privilege meant I should handle my stuff on my own, or if there was something bigger, it would make people need a better answer than “I don’t know.” It made me feel like I needed a better answer and until I had that answer, my feelings weren’t something I should bother anyone else with. No problem was big enough to ponder too long about. What would anyone do? I had everything. What would anyone say? I had said it all.”
She talked about the reasons for being depressed and how she couldn’t find an answer to it. She also mentioned how her parents' divorce never bothered her and it never was the reason for her to feel depressed about. Revealing how they are not a broken family, she stated, “When I was small, my parents got divorced. But that didn’t seem like something that would traumatise me because my parents’ divorce was amicable. They are friends, the whole family is still friends. We are not a broken family by any means.” (Also Read: Sunny Leone, Daniel Weber And Kids Dress Up For Halloween, Their Colourful Attires Are Visual Treat)
She also pointed that the divorce never traumatised her as assumed by many, rather it also turned out to be a ‘privilege’, "My parents were very good about being parents to Junaid and me, even after divorce. And when people would say ‘Oh I am so sorry to hear about your parents’ divorce, I would be like (shrugs) ‘What are you talking about? It is not a bad thing. Another privilege I didn’t realise. It could be something that could scar you. It didn’t scar me. I don’t remember most of it but I didn’t feel like my parents’ divorce is something that could bother me. So that can’t be the reason why I am feeling so sad."
Along with the video, Ira wrote how she took time to believe that something is not right with her and doubted herself that she might be making things up. She captioned the video as “I still think there’s a small part of me that thinks I’m making all this up, that I have nothing to feel bad about, that I’m not trying hard enough, that maybe I’m over reacting. Old habits die hard. It takes me feeling my worst to make myself believe that it’s bad enough to take seriously. And no matter how many things I have, how nice to me people are because of my dad, how nice to me people are because they love and care about me... if I feel a certain way, a certain not nice way, then how much can rationally trying to explain these things to myself do? Shouldn’t I instead get up and try and fix things? And if I can’t do that for myself? Shouldn’t I ask for help?” (Also Read: Ankita Lokhande Seeks Apology From Beau, Vicky Jain For The Criticism He Faced Because Of Her)
Not everyone is brave enough to open up about their mental health. What do you think about Ira’s battle with depression? Let us know.
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