Actor Banita Sandhu, who made her Bollywood debut with Varun Dhawan starrer ‘October’, recently opened up on her struggle with depression and how she has been dealing with it for three years. Banita, who was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Sardar Udham’, also said that her depression would have equipped her better to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
In ‘Sardar Udham’, she played the role of Reshma, a mute girl from Punjab who witnesses the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
In a conversation with Pinkvilla, Banita told that she was battling depression at the age of 18. “And it was something I’ve struggled with for three years, and if I’m being honest, it’s something I’ll always fight and live with. But because I’ve really worked through my mental health with therapy and the support around me.” I’m a lot better equipped to handle it now,” she said.
“I went through depression and recovered before the pandemic hit. So when it hit, it was almost as if my depression prepared me for it, because I knew that at the end of the day, all of my mental health and health needs are the most basic of things—that having a routine, my Family, food, and being able to creatively stimulate my mind,” she added.
She also talked about life after her first film and revealed that she had to go back to her university and complete her graduation and mentioned that her mental health was not in a good place.
“I just needed a year to get my health back on track, because without my health I have nothing. So yes, I worked hard for a year and worked on my mental health. I did that at the same time.” Worked on my craft too. I think when October was released, that was just a lot. I was in my final year of university and this was my first film release. It really tired me mentally and made me Had to overcome it. Also, if there is anything I want my career to be longevity. I don’t really care about buzz, instant fame or quick rewards. I’m in this profession because I love it so much, and I want to do this for the rest of my life,” she said.
Talking about the coronovirus epidemic, Banita told Pinkvilla, “I am not saying that the pandemic was easy for me, it was difficult for everyone, but I was much better than my friends who fought against the pandemic. hadn’t really accepted mental health before. It was a blessing of sorts, and if anything, I’m grateful for the mental health I really care about in life, on track and in check. keeps.”
Sardar Udham was released on 16 October on Amazon Prime Video. Vicky Kaushal plays the lead role while Amol Parashar plays the role of Bhagat Singh.