World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

Today is World Mental Health Day. In a progressive society such as India’s, mental illness still remains a dab of shame and is not always discussed in a positive manner. This is when Bollywood steps in, it plays a crucial role and it influences the masses to some extent. From circulating information about lesser known subjects to shedding light on issues that concern the society, the content Bollywood produces makes a huge difference. We bring to you five Bollywood movies that have attempted to shine a light on mental illness. Here you go.

Dear Zindagi (2016)

World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

The film challenges one to look at mental illness in a different way. The film portrays mental illness as any other physical ailment and conveys that your mind needs a boost every now and then, and one should not hesitate to seek help in fear of being judged. The entire film is being set within a psychiatrist’s sessions. The interesting part is Kiara (Alia Bhatt), a cinematographer, isn’t even depressed, she seeks help from a psychiatrist (Shah Rukh Khan) because she is not able to sleep since a couple of days. At the end, after several sessions, she is able to overcome all her problems.

Anjaana Anjaani (2010)

World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

The romantic drama features Ranbir Kapoor (Akash) as a banker and Priyanka Chopra (Kiara) as a betrayed-in-love girl. Akash is suffering from Acute Stress Disorder and Kiara from an Adjustment Disorder. The two depressed souls find suicide as their only resort but become unsuccessful in killing themselves. Eventually, they meet, fall in love and plan to live happily ever after.

Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

Directed by Vijay Lalwani, the psychological-thriller stars Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. The film features Farhan’s character as an introvert and the one who is suffering from Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder. In the entire half of the film, Karthik is seen getting advice from an unidentified caller. The calls confidante coaches the introvert Karthik to both professional and personal success. Though the film doesn’t completely deal with the highs and lows of someone suffering from schizophrenia, overall it manages to sensitively integrate someone’s mental health.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

Directed by Priyadarshan, the comedy-horror-psychological thriller addresses Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). A disorder wherein a person assumes and acts upon two differing identities. When the individual acts upon the assumed identity it completely forgets their real identity. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, and Shiney Ahuja in lead roles. The film received a lot of praise from the critics from around the world and worked well at the box-office. Summing up the film, it is a successful blend of horror and comedy and beautifully depicts DID.

Darr (1993)

World Mental Health Day: From Darr to Dear Zindagi, 5 Bollywood movies that dealt with mental illness

Directed by Yash Chopra, the psychological romantic thriller ‘Darr’ stars Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol in lead roles. The film portrays Rahul’s (Shah Rukh Khan) character as an obsessive lover and how his one-sided love story takes a violent turn. Though one-sided love is not characterised under mental illness, it shares symptoms with erotomania and borderline personality disorder.

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