Ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City, says his daughter Shaheen came to a point of attempting a suicide at the age of 12-13.
Mahesh Bhatt revealed this while interacting with media at the trailer launch of “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City” along with his co-actors Nikhil Ratnaparakhi, Allisha Khan, director Tariq Khan and producer Rajesh Pardasani on September 10 in Mumbai.
Presenting to you teaser of 'The Dark Side of Life-Mumbai City', glamorous, glitzy, sad and gloomy, Mumbai city, where hope prevails. Catch the glimpse of the journey with me on 10th September 3.00 pm. pic.twitter.com/brWvwLHw11
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) September 8, 2018
Filmmaker opined that we are lacking in generating awareness about mental illness in our country.
Expressing his opinion on growing cases of suicides in the society, Bhatt said, “It’s a form of mental illness and it can be treated. When you suffer with diabetes then, you have to take insulin shots.
“Similarly, when you are prone towards depression then you need to consult a doctor who can treat you through medication but, I think in our country, we are lacking in generating awareness about mental illness. Almost in every household people are suffering from depression.”
Citing the example of his own daughter Shaheen Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt said, “My daughter Shaheen, Alia’s elder sister, she, at the age of 16 discovered finally that she is suffering from clinical depression. In October, she is launching her own memoir in which she has talked about the kind of struggle she has gone through in that phase.
“She also came to a point of attempting a suicide at the age of 12-13 so, this is the truth of my own house. Jiah Khan once came to us asking for work but that time somehow, we were not able to work with her, but later when she committed suicide and we visited her house it felt really bad.”
Dark Side Of Life: Mumbai City, directed by Tariq Khan, also stars KK Menon, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Avi Parsdasani and is scheduled to release on October 19.