From Darr to Tamasha, Bollywood has come a long way. I am not saying the movie Darr was bad, it was a classic but our beloved Rahul Mehra was clearly a psychotic obsessive lover who probably had Borderline Personality Disorder and possibly had OCD. He was in no way a charming villain. Maybe the directors and producers meant to shed a light on his mental illness, but they completely missed the point. No one thought that their beloved Rahul Mehra could use a little help from therapy.
Entertainment is fine, but now that a study conducted by National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5% of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, and that is just the number which has been reported. The stigma of mental health needs to removed. People need to be motivated to seek help without the fear of judgment. What better way to inspire the Indian population than Bollywood?
Here are 5 Bollywood Movies that shed light on Mental Health:
15 Park Avenue
Schizophrenic Mitali was unable to draw a line between reality and imagination. She is supported by her family, her ex-lover, and has been shown visiting the psychiatrist often. This movie not only portrays the disease flawlessly but shows how you can support someone suffering without calling them “Yeh to retard h!”
A movie all millennials must watch! Sometimes we are suffering and we don’t even recognize it. We ignore the little things by terming them as stress, and when we do reach out for help to our loved ones they tell us the same- it’s just stress, you need a vacation. Dear Zindagi normalizes Therapy and that every little problem matters, even breakups.
Taare Zameen Par
Indian parents will never agree that their child needs help. They will say he just needs to be a little more disciplined, send him to military school, or a boarding school but will not agree that their kid might be suffering from an unbearable mental pressure. Taare Zameen Par sheds light on this behaviour and how you can deal with it. Ishan had Dyslexia, he was lucky enough to find to come across a teacher who understood.
The movie is based on the Congruence Theory by Carl Rogers. The theory describes how if actual self and ideal self are in alignment, they experience a state of congruence (harmony). If not, then they experience incongruence. Ved experience a great amount of incongruence. While he was a disciplined corporate employee in real life, his ideal self was someone expressive, fearless and outgoing. I believe this is a very common problem faced by the world today. We wish to normalize the “Be Yourself” slogan, but not for ourselves.
Many may have missed a point in this movie. To many, it was a thriller and to others, it was a horror movie. Radha was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, and people in the village believed a ghost existed. What fool would walk up to Radha and tell her that she has a disease, at the same time explain to the villagers that all the ghostly things were done by Radha, not a ghost? Sometimes you need to create a delusion to deal with another.