New Delhi: Bollywood's most sought after actress Deepika Padukone stunned everyone when she revealed she was suffering from depression. In spite of being on a career high, DP felt her life was directionless and accepted that she used to cry at the drop of a hat.
As it turns out, mental illness has spread its roots more firmly than we can imagine. Another actress from tinsel town recently revealed that she suffered from a mental disorder.
It's Shama Sikandar who has now accepted that she suffered from bipolar disorder. She told a leading daily, "I was dating Alex (O'Neil - actor) at that time and he has a psychological degree. He pointed it out to me and at first my reaction was, ‘No, I am not going to a doctor. I am perfectly fine and there is nothing wrong with me'. However, he insisted that I have a condition and I should address it."
Shama Sikander was best known for her character Pooja in television serial, ‘Yeh Meri Life Hai'. The actress shed her good-girl image and starred in a short film ‘Sexaholic'. The movie has been applauded and despite of its explicit content it got good reviews from every nook and corner. This new piece of information about Shama is bound to raise eyebrows.
Giving details about her tough period when she had no clue about it, Shama recalled, “For one year I did not even knew what was happening to me. I had no idea and I just used to feel very dark, gloomy and sad. I did not know what the reason behind this was, but I felt directionless. I felt hopeless and I hope that never happens to anybody because hope is what we survive on and if we don't have hope we have nothing.”
However, the actress has been able to successfully defeat her mental illness and is keen on helping others. “The feeling was so dark that I would wake up at night and start crying without knowing why I am crying. Only someone who has gone through it can understand.”