If there is one name that made the maximum headlines this season is that of Shalin Bhanot. Whatever he did inside the house, it was entertaining & demanded attention, even his cute banter with Salman Khan every weekend. His dialogues & hand gestures being imitated by guests on the show & viewers making videos on the same on social media. But after 4 long months, Shalin had his first mental breakdown after the last weekend & has been a changed person.
Shalin went from being chirpy & flamboyant & excited about winning to someone who was really low on energy & has been prescribed anti depressants. The actor broke many stereotypes on television by not shying away from crying or addressing his mental illness on national television.
With recent increasing number of suicides in the showbiz, there has been an increase in the awareness around mental health but it is mostly all words but no real action as talking about one’s mental health is still a taboo & everyone gets judgmental. Tina & Priyanka famous as ‘Evil twins’ on twitter are the biggest example of our nation’s double standards when we want to talk about being understanding towards someone dealing with anxiety or depression but yesterday as they learnt about Shalin being prescribed medication for the same, they joked, called him fake & also tried to provoke him more in gym area.
Television actors, especially the one in Bigg Boss must be mindful of their actions as they are setting really bad examples as millions of fans idolize them.
Some of Shalin Bhanot’s fans have taken to twitter to express their anger:-