Alia Bhatt’s inspiration for her performance in #DearZindagi – sister Shaheen


Alia Bhatt has been literally swept away in waves and waves of accolades from fans and critics alike for her brilliant performance in #DearZindagi. And everyone is asking the same question – how has she become so accomplished in such a short time?

Well, that question will not be simple to answer, but here is someone Alia drew inspiration from for her performance in Dear Zindagi – her sister Shaheen.



Shaheen recently spoke about her struggle with depression and her experience became Alia’s inspiration.

I can say that there are parts of me in the film which are inspired by her. The way she snaps the way she talks. And I told her this as well. I said a lot of this is you. Maybe I do feel very sensitive to this topic because of that. She has struggled with depression and insomnia.

– Alia Bhatt

I sat and spoke to her and asked her what it feels like when you don’t sleep. Touch wood now she’s now much better because she goes to a therapist and has a psychologist as well. I believe supporting an activity like this even if we beautified it a bit the reason is that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

– Alia Bhatt

Shaheen opened up about her fight with depression recently on Instagram.

I've lived with depression on and off since I was about 13 years old. This is not a revelation or a confession. Those who know me know this about me. It's not something I take any pains to hide, I'm not ashamed of it or particularly troubled by it. It's just a part of who I am. I have days where I feel good and then I have days where I don't. One minute everything's fine and the next it's like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it's difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour – sometimes they last days. Today, I'm on day 4. I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle. I once read an idea by an American essayist called Richard Mitchell which stayed with me; it's now become how I try to approach the dips in my week or month. The idea is this: To be sick, or to suffer, is inevitable. But to become bitter and vindictive in sickness and suffering and to surrender to irrationality, supposing yourself the innocent and virtuous victim of the evils intentions of the world, is not inevitable. The appropriate answer to the question – Why me? is the other question – Why not me? *** Why am I writing about this? Well, I spend a fair amount of time on social media during the course of my day and today I found myself looking for something to post because it's been a few days since I've posted anything. I couldn't find anything so I figured I'd just talk about this – how I'm doing, instead of what I'm doing. It's as simple as that, and we could all stand to do a little more of it. P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context.

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It’s not something I take any pains to hide, I’m not ashamed of it or particularly troubled by it. It’s just a part of who I am.

– Shaheen Bhatt

Shaheen is not the only celebrity to have expressed her troubles with depression. Deepika Padukone has often spoken about her own struggles with depression and has actively promoted awareness on depression.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Also actors like Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan and Ileana D’Cruz have come forward about their own fights against depression.

Shaheen Bhatt was an assistant director for Raaz 3 and was a co-writer for Son Of Sardar. Having done film-making course in London, she is understood to be more interested behind the camera than in front of it.

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