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Alia Bhatt posts a heartfelt video for sister Shaheen, after reading her first book


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After Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone and Karan Johar and many others opened up on their battle with depression, Alia Bhatt‘s sister Shaheen Bhatt too penned down her own battle with it in her debut book, ‘I’ve never been (un)happier’ that she launched on World Mental Health Day this year. Shaheen had earlier opened up about her struggle with depression and the book is about her memoir about living with depression and how she conquered her demons.

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I've lived with depression on and off since I was about 13 years old. This is not a revelation or a confession. Those who know me know this about me. It's not something I take any pains to hide, I'm not ashamed of it or particularly troubled by it. It's just a part of who I am. I have days where I feel good and then I have days where I don't. One minute everything's fine and the next it's like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it's difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour – sometimes they last days. Today, I'm on day 4. I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle. I once read an idea by an American essayist called Richard Mitchell which stayed with me; it's now become how I try to approach the dips in my week or month. The idea is this: To be sick, or to suffer, is inevitable. But to become bitter and vindictive in sickness and suffering and to surrender to irrationality, supposing yourself the innocent and virtuous victim of the evils intentions of the world, is not inevitable. The appropriate answer to the question – Why me? is the other question – Why not me? *** Why am I writing about this? Well, I spend a fair amount of time on social media during the course of my day and today I found myself looking for something to post because it's been a few days since I've posted anything. I couldn't find anything so I figured I'd just talk about this – how I'm doing, instead of what I'm doing. It's as simple as that, and we could all stand to do a little more of it. P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context.

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After reading Shaheen’s first book, Alia Bhatt took to her social media handle and posted an emotional video apologising to her sister for not being able to understand her silent moments of depression.

Alia wrote, “Dear Shaheen.. Somehow when I finished reading your book I couldn’t tell you how I felt immediately.. Cause I felt too much.. And I don’t think I could ever discuss it with you properly.. I’ve tried now! Link in bio.. #NeverBeenUnhappier.”

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Earlier, Alia had tweeted, “I always have known my sister was brilliant. She’s been my hero, my role model and a being I’ve aspired to be like in life cause of her inherent goodness, warmth, heart, supremely kick-ass sarcastic sense of humor and so on.. Today her first book is out.. And today I think I can safely say she’s gone from brilliance to MAGIC.. Tanna I love you.. And lets just say this is just the beginning.. Today and everyday I’m grateful and proud to be your sister @shaheenb #NeverBeenUnhappier.”

Truly a touching note by Alia Bhatt for her sister.

On the work front, Alia Bhatt is currently busy with Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmastra’ that also features Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. She also has ‘Kalank’ co-starring Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur.

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