"Dritharashtra, Gandhari Syndrome": Gulshan Devaiah Slams Nawazuddin Siddiqui For His Comments On Depression

'Dahaad' actor Gulshan Devaiah was not impressed with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s recent comments on depression and mental health.

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Written By: Entertainment Desk
Updated: May 25, 2023 | 17:08 IST
Gulshan Devaiah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Gulshan Devaiah was not impressed with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s recent comments on depression.

'Gangs of Wasseypur' actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has doubled down on his recent comments on depression and mental health. For the unversed, in an interview with Mashable India, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had implied that depression is a "chhota emotion" and nobody in the villages suffers from this disease. Now in a fresh interview with NDTV, the actor once again stated the same point.

“I was just narrating my experience. It’s possible I’m wrong. But even today, if I were to go to my village, which is just three hours away, and say that I have depression, I’d get slapped. They’d tell me to eat food and go to the fields," Nawazuddin Siddiqui told NDTV. 

When asked if he meant that people in rural areas are not aware of the conversations surrounding depression as opposed to claiming that mental health issues don't exist, the actor said: "It doesn’t exist. Nobody knows about it, nobody has depression in villages. It’s a fact, go check. You see, in cities, people have the habit of glorifying even the smallest problems. Why don’t they see how people with real problems live their lives. Look how they dance on footpaths in the rain, why don’t those people have depression?”

These comments have not gone down well with 'Dahaad' actor Gulshan Devaiah and in a series of tweets, he made his point clear.

Taking to Twitter, Gulshan Devaiah wrote: "Dritharashtra & Gandhari syndrome. I immensely respect the man for his craft but I’d not take him seriously on this issue. If you even just look at alcoholism or addictions, they exist in rural communities and that’s mental illness. No addict indulges in addiction because they love it. The addiction is a symptom, the real problem is the trauma they can’t heal.”

In another tweet, he said: "I don’t intend to shit on Nawaz bhai for his beliefs or opinions. The idea is to discuss mental health and try and understand it. I do agree that his opinion about depression is a common theme among a lot of people. I myself struggle to understand mental health issues properly. But even at the risk of being wrong or ill informed we must try and talk about this freely. It’s very manageable for most people with a little bit of awareness. The attempt is to sift through the clutter of extreme opinions to find a place that’s useful for us. I don’t have a rural upbringing but I have close family members who grew up in villages and have very problematic behaviour because they didn’t process their trauma properly and they pass it on to others. Let’s try not to be blind or have a blindfold about such matters."

Talking about Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actor will next be seen in 'Jogira Sara Ra Ra' which also stars Neha Sharma.

The actor is known for his roles in movies like 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Sacred Games' and 'Manto'.

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