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Alia Bhatt’s sister was once ignored for being ‘Dark’ and ‘Overweight’

April 30, 2019 | 17:42 IST | CineBuzz |

Depression is an evil illness that hasn’t spared even the biggest celebrities. After Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, it’s Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen Bhatt who has publicly spoken about battling the depression and even wrote in her book, ‘Never Been (Un)Happier’.

Now, Shaheen Bhatt got candid in an interview to reveal about the battle:
“It was when once the three sisters went for a photo shoot and at some point, the photographer apparently asked Shaheen to leave because Alia and Pooja looked similar, they were fair, cute and she was ‘dark having spent too much time in the sun’ and a little overweight too. Speaking of how the memory still makes her uncomfortable, she shared, “It’s making me uncomfortable right now as you are talking about it. You know, women, in general, suffer a lot… Shame I think is the core of depression and it could be any form of shame, and with women, I think body image also tends to be one of the causes for shame.

“Shame is central and I wish I could make people understand that shame is central to any kind of negative feelings, depression and sadness. It stops you from being vulnerable and you constantly fear that if you will show yourself as you are, you will be rejected by society. And my self-worth was definitely affected because I was at an age where the seeds of that were sown in me,” she added.

Alia is said to have been a great support to Shaheen in all her hard times. The former too spoke about her sister’s battle with depression after learning about it. Taking to Instagram, she apologized to Shaheen for never really understanding her ‘silent moments of depression’ despite living with her for 25 years.