Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated actresses of Bollwyood ever since she made her debut in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Om Shanti Om. However, at the peak of her success, she took everyone by surprise by coming out in the open about her depression and revealed how she underwent therapy, counseling, and medication to cope with it. In fact, her battle against depression has helped create awareness about the importance of mental health and now, it has made its way into an upcoming children's book as well.
Yes, you heard that right! Deepika's life story has been included in the children's book, The Dot That Went For A Walk, for removing the stigma attached to depression. As per a report in a leading daily, the book will tell stories of 51 accomplished Indian women — from Rani Laxmibai to former prime minister Indira Gandhi, and Kiran Bedi, in order to introduce kids to the concept of women empowerment.
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Talking about it, writer Lakshmi Nambiar told the daily that Deepika's story was a natural fit for the book as she was the first celeb to break the taboo around depression. "By sharing her journey bravely with the world, she showed the younger generation that a healthy dialogue is needed as much on mental fitness as on physical fitness," she added.
Well, we couldn't agree more!
The book is slated to release next week and co-author of the book Sarada Akkineni confirmed that Deepika would be present at the book launch as well.