During his successful 16-year-long journey in Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan has faced many challenges, including a major health scare. This seems to have sensitised and motivated the actor enough to lend his hand to the recently launched #EverydayHeroes campaign, which addresses mental-health problems among the general populace.
Hrithik candidly relates the campaign to his own life. “I have experienced this in my own personal life,” he opens up. “We all go through ups and downs and both are important because we evolve through them. I have been through my ups and downs; I have experienced depression, confusion as we all do. It’s a very normal thing and we should be very casual about it when we speak about it.”
The star passionately speaks about the need to bring mental-health and depression-related issues out in the open. “This has been on my mind for quite a few years. I always questioned this stigma. I have seen my friends suffer in silence and it bothered me to a level where I started asking questions. When we suffer from stomach or kidney problem we are casual about it but when we have a problem with the brain, which is also an organ just like our kidney, we get scared and feel it is our fault and we have to hide it from other people.
But everybody is going to go through some level of mental issues at some point in their lives,” believes Hrithik. All enthusiasm about lending his name to the campaign launched by Mpower (founded by Neerja Birla), the actor reveals, “When they approached me, I was very happy because I was getting an opportunity to do something about it. We are creating that platform that’s easier for people to come out and talk about this and get help. If it is a clinical disorder, then it can be treated.