- Shaheen said she has been battling depression from the age of 13
- Shaheen is a strong, creative girl: Soni Razdan
- Alia Bhatt kept Shaheen in mind while preparing for Dear Zindagi
Shaheen in her aforementioned post had said she's neither 'ashamed' about her situation nor does she "take any pains to hide." She wrote: "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."
Here's Shaheen's post from November 2016:
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.
Two days after this post, Alia Bhatt's Dear Zindagi hit the screens. In the film, Alia's character is also seen struggling with depression and the actress revealed that she prepared for the role keeping Shaheen in mind. "I can say that there are parts of me in the film which are inspired by her. The way she snaps the way she talks. And I told her this as well. I said a lot of this is you. Maybe I do feel very sensitive to this topic because of that. She has struggled with depression and insomnia. I sat and spoke to her and asked her what it feels like when you don't sleep," Alia Bhatt had said.
Alia Bhatt and Shaheen are daughters of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan. Pooja and Rahul Bhatt are Alia and Shaheen's half-siblings.
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