Shaheen Bhatt recently opened up on her battle with depression and how the seeds of the same were sowed at a very young age. In a recent interview with Rajeev Masand, Shaheen talked about her book, “Never Been (Un)Happier”, in which she has written about her tryst with depression and how some incidents during her childhood pushed her into depression.
Now, Shaheen’s mother and veteran actress Soni Razdan has also opened up on her daughter’s depression.
“I am a mother. Whether it is Alia or Shaheen, at any point in time, if they are suffering, I am the one who gets affected badly. I am the mother, and the emotional chord with my children is naturally strong. So there are times when I might get sleepless nights because I am worried. Particularly in Shaheen’s case, I was worried because, at this young age, she went through so much.
“As a mother, that time I had to be strong, and take the right action to help her, to heal her. I did what a mother is supposed to do,” added Soni.
On the professional front, the 60 years old veteran actress has been a part of many films in the recent past including Raazi, No Fathers In Kashmir and Yours Truly. In Zee5’s Yours Truly, she plays the protagonist and shares the screen space with Aahana Kumra, Pankaj Tripathi and her husband, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
It is based on a story of a middle-aged woman, written by Annie Zaidi. Soni recently talked about how people are becoming more receptive to such short stories. She said,
When I was approached for the film, I asked the filmmaker, ‘Who would be interested to watch a story of a middle-aged woman? I would love to be part of the story because it is the central character that nobody has offered me ever in my acting career, but who would be remotely interested to watch the story?’”
“That’s when I got impressed by what Sanjoy Nag said… That every story has its audience and unless we make it and put it out there, the audience won’t get access to the story. I think it is weird how people take the term middle-age.”