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Shruti Haasan: I have been in therapy when I was younger

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Actress Shruti Haasan has often spoken about the need to look after mental health, especially in the time of the pandemic. Stressing on the need for professional guidance in such cases, the actress says she has been in therapy when she was younger and yet, being a part of an industry that can frequently be high on the stress factor, she still feels inadequate on many days.

Shruti feels it is important to be aware if someone needs help over mental health and not brush the issue under the carpet with an “I am fine” attitude.

“Mental health is really simple and really complex at the same time. I always use this example that if you have a stomach ache, you will have ajwain or yogurt and avoid spicy stuff on the first day. On the second day you will say, ‘ok, let me take medicine’, but on the third day when you are still in pain, you will go to the doctor and seek help. At that point no one in your family says, ‘hum hai, tum doctor ke paas kyun ja rahe ho’ (we are here, why would you need a doctor)?” she says, while speaking to IANS.

“I see that as the whole problem because of how the fam jam scene is in India. It’s like ‘you have your cousins, your friends, why can’t you talk to me?’ I understand the sentiment but when it comes to mental health, the worst attitude you can have is ‘chin up’ or ‘I am fine’,” she adds.

The actress also highlights that many people are not even aware of the help they need.

“The cracks start happening and usually I see people have what I call ‘mild breakdowns’. Usually, people don’t even realise what they are going through,” she says.

“The feeling of inadequacy can be so overwhelming and, mind you, I was a psychology student and dropped out but continued studying psychology. I have friends who have therapists. I have been in therapy when I was younger and still when it comes to managing my emotions and sensitivity, in an industry that is very heightened in every sense — be it stress or creativity — I felt inadequate on many days,” the actress points out.

“It took me a while to say, ‘I just need a bit of me-time’. It’s not an easy thing but me having this opportunity to speak about and somebody reading this, that is how the change spreads,” she says.

Shruti has been spending lockdown working on her music and by the look of her social media posts, doing whatever makes her happy. The actress says that her life changed when she acknowledged the need to seek help.

“I must say that I have always spoken about mental health. This is something that when I acknowledged, my life changed. Acknowledging things about myself and getting the help I needed without feeling imperfect, inadequate or judged. Mostly, there is society’s judgement and stigma around. But when the pandemic hit, everyone started talking about it because it had to be discussed. People were feeling a sense of loss — loss of financial security, love and control,” she says.

The actress sees a positive change all around now.

“I believe people world over are a lot more aware and, especially in India, people are a lot more speaking about it. I genuinely believe that mental health awareness has come to the forefront. There are so many avenues for people to understand that you can get help online because of the distance. People know how to use technology — be it through zoom calls or skype calls. I was always doing therapy long distance because my therapist was based out of London. So, I always knew that it is possible once you have made that initial connection,” says the actress.

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After Salman Khan, now his lawyer gets death threat in Jodhpur

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 Bollywood star Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat has filed a complaint at Jodhpur police station alleging that he has received death threats through letter which says that ‘enemy’s friend is enemy’.

This threat is similar to that which Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan received recently.

Also the letter is similar to what given to Salman Khan. Letter to Advocate Saraswat says, “Enemy’s friend is an enemy. Will do something like Moosewala.”

The threatening person wrote ‘LB-GB’ on Salman’s letter. ‘LB-GB’ is also written on the letter sent to the Advocate.

Saraswat on Tuesday gave a complaint at Mahamandir police station in Jodhpur. He said, “I was in America for a month and a half. When I reached Jodhpur on the evening of June 30, my junior advocate Jitendra Prasad Bishnoi came to my house at around 11 p.m. on July 3 and said, that on July 1, at 10.30 a.m., a letter was found stuck in the latch of room number 8 of Jubilee Chamber located in the Old High Court.”

“The letter had threatened to kill me and my family. Had to go to Jaipur to meet the Governor on 4th July. Therefore, forwarded this letter to the Mahamandir police station officer on WhatsApp to give him complete information,” said Saraswat.

Mahamandir police station officer Lekhraj Siyag said that the police has registered a case and a gunman has been posted outside his house on Pawta B Road. The investigation has been started.

Saraswat said that sender has quoted himself as LB and GB. It is written – “The enemy’s friend is our enemy. We will kill you and your entire family like Moosa.”

LB refers to Lawrence Bishnoi and GB as Goldie Brar.

The enemy is being referred as Salman Khan. It is believed that Salman Khan is the enemy of this gang. However, this is a matter of investigation.

Advocate Saraswat said, “Salman is not our friend. He is just a client. This is our profession and I am his counsel, just like other people who come to me with a case and we give counsel.”

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Urfi Javed calls Rakhi Sawant a ‘legend’ to shut down the trolls

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‘Bigg Boss OTT’ fame Urfi Javed was recently compared to Rakhi Sawant by netizens on social media. While responding to them, she in fact called Rakhi a ‘legend’.

In her Instagram story, she shared the screenshot of the comment written by a user, saying: “Totally agree with you! She’s like the next Rakhi.”

Urfi, who is often known for her style statement gave a befitting reply by mentioning: “Just because you know a few international brands, just cause you add vintage filter to your photos, you think you’re way above me that you can insult me.”

Later calling Rakhi, a ‘legend’, she comments: “Also Rakhi is a legend, the way you guys insult her for being herself and then talk about feminism. The fact that you think being compared to her will be an insult shows a lot about your character and the way you think! Putting other women down unnecessarily only makes you a mega loser! Xx.”

Urfi recently had also slammed those circulating her fake suicide pictures, wishing death upon her in the comments.

Urfi is known for playing the role of Avni in ‘Bade Bhaiyya Ki Dulhania’. She was also seen as Aarti in ‘Meri Durga’, Bella in ‘Bepannaah’ and Mira in ‘Puncch Beat’ and many more.

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Aishwarya Rai’s Queen Nandini look in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ released

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On the heels of releasing the first looks of Vikram as Aditya Karikalan and Karthi as Vanthiyathevan from director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, the makers of the much-awaited epic film on Wednesday released the first look of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Queen Nandini in the film.

Lyca Productions, which is producing the film along with Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, tweeted the first look picture of Aishwaraya Rai in the film and said: “Vengeance has a beautiful face! Meet Nandini, the queen of Pazhuvoor!” The film, the first part of which will release on September 30 this year, will release in five languages — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.

The film is based on the classic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan by eminent writer Kalki. The film, called by Mani Ratnam as his dream project, will be among the most expensive projects ever undertaken in the country.

The film has the best business handling for each of its departments. A. R. Rahman is scoring the music for this epic historical and cinematography is by Ravi Varman. National Award winning art director Thotta Tharani is in charge of production design while Mani Ratnam’s trusted editor Sreekar Prasad is the editor.

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