Was Deepika Padukone's 'depression perceived as luxury' comment directed towards Salman Khan?

File photo of Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan on the sets of Bigg Boss. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 28, 2018, 11.50 AM (IST)

Deepika Padukone has been quite vocal about depression. The actress revealed a few years back that how she suffered from depression and she wanted to spread more awareness around the mental health through her organisation. The actress has always advocated the importance of mental health. The actress at a recent event in Delhi spoke about depression and stated that how it was not a luxury as it is perceived by certain people. 

Deepika's statement perhaps was directed towards Salman Khan, who in February, had termed Depression as a luxury that he can't afford. The actor had said, "I see a lot of people going on vacations, but I cannot afford that luxury of taking a vacation. I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can't afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me."

Taking a firm stand on her campaign on mental health, Deepika said, "I want to clarify that it can happen to anybody from any field, irrespective of their socio-economic background. Depression is sometimes perceived as a luxury. People think that those who have too much time or money get into depression. I think it is very important to break that myth."

The actress was backed by several of her fans on Twitter who supported her statement and condemned Salman's statement. 

×
×

Back in February, Salman's comment had drawn a lot of criticism. 

×

While Deepika did not take anyone's name, it sure looks like the actress was aiming to clear misconceptions around mental health. Hope Salman is listening.