Hrithik said, ‘I’ve been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression. I have experienced confusion, as we all do. It’s a very normal thing. We should be very casual about it when we speak about it. It should be spoken about casually. I have experienced issues in my own personal life. We all go through ups and downs. The ups are important, the downs are (also) important because you evolve through both of them. When you go through a down, then the most important thing is clarity of thought.
Sometimes your brain takes over, feeds you with unwanted thoughts. That’s the time you need objectivity, a third or second person to look at you and say ‘this is what is happening to you. This is something which was on my mind for years. I always questioned this stigma (around mental illness). I have seen my friends suffer in silence and it bothered me to a level where I started asking questions and stumbled upon some very good questions in that search. When we are suffering from stomach or kidney problem, we are so cool and casual about it. Why when we have a problem with our brain, which is also an organ, we get scared and feel as if it is our fault and we need to hide it from people. Everybody at some point of life is going to go through some mental issue.’