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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stay Alive’ – This Heart Wrenching Silent Film on Depression Speaks Volumes!

The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight

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– by Naina Mishra

June 20, 2017:

Suicidal tendencies in adolescents are surging rapidly and taking a severe toll nowadays, and one of the prime reasons for suicides is Depression. It is a detrimental state of mind which begins to incubate in at a very early age. There comes a time in life when misery becomes inconsolable. Many people experience such an agonizing time in life and coming out of with sanity is a matter of endurance. What many do not understand is the magnitude of time, which has the power to heal the wounds caused by distress.

In the uproar of the gravest issue, a Chandigarh-based Filmmaker, Amit Chauhan took the stance to bring awareness among the youth about depression with a Short Film titled “Stay Alive” to rear the youths with a positive frame of mind and help them deal with dejection.

Newsgram is the official media partner with “STAY ALIVE” directed by Amit Chauhan Film Co, starring Shweta Sharma as the protagonist.

The teaser of the film is out on social media and has already occupied a space of its own. The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight.

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“A lot of my friends committed suicide as they were very depressed. I have myself seen my father in a bad phase owing to a chronic disease and it was really difficult for me to cope with it. In earlier times, people were connected with each other but now our society has become materialistic and has succumbed to superficial evil. People have high end expectations from life which they do not speak about and feel miserable in the end. It is pertinent to talk about the issue and come up with an immediate solution. People should talk it out with anyone they feel comfortable with. It is all about a positive outlook towards life, one wrong step can leave an irrecoverable loss to the near and dear ones. It is important to stay alive” – Amit Chauhan, Director of Stay Alive

 

Watch Teaser | Stay Alive

Newsgram brings to you an exclusive interview with the lead actress of the film, Shweta Sharma. She has earlier appeared on Punjabi Film ‘Rabb Da Radio’. The actress is known for her roles in various social documentaries. She was featured in an advertisement on Safety and Security with the famous comedian on Kapil show, Chandan Prabhakar. Her upcoming project includes a series based on ISIS, a terror group in Syria.

Naina: The film has no dialogues, how difficult was it to express through only facial expressions?

Shweta:  Acting has no language and I truly abide by this. I am an artist who has exhibit the feeling through expressions, which is a part of acting. It was not difficult for me to express through facial expressions because I could feel the trauma of depression afflicted on young boys and girls. I simply connected with them.

Naina: Can you talk about the issue which the film is highlighting?

Shweta: Stay Alive is a mute psychological movie based on depression and suicide. It’s an awareness movie for the people who are suffering mentally and stuck up in their thoughts for years. The message of the movie is very clear and beautiful at the end which is “never lose hope”. Rest you can see when it will be released.

Naina: Did you ever face depression in your life?

Shweta: No, I haven’t faced it and I wish nobody faces this mental illness. I have seen my Grand Mother suffering from depression and it was heartbreaking to see her. I still remember, I was 18 years old and used to see her passing through the difficult phase. I have observed her and imitated in the film, recalling those times has always been gloomy for me.

Naina: What social message would you like to convey to the audience?

Shweta: I would like to tell all the people out there to never lose hope in life. We have forgotten ourselves in the chaotic city life. Take a wide look around and look for people whose behavior appears abnormal to you. Help people combat their inner web of melancholy thoughts. You might just save someone’s life.

“Stay Alive” is releasing on 25th July in association with Newsgram.

Life is a gift of God but we forget the essence of it and starts tearing ourselves. All we can do is play our part and make a constant effort to make our lives better and stay alive.

 


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Not Afraid To Fail, Asserts Deepika Padukone

Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it

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Deepika Padukone opens up about her mental health and related concerns in an interview. Twitter
Deepika Padukone opens up about her mental health and related concerns in an interview. Twitter
  • Deepika Padukone is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood
  • She recently revealed that she is not afraid to fail
  • She also opened up more about depression and other mental conditions

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone said she was not afraid to fail and not afraid to talk about the way she feels.

She believes that success and failure are all part of life and everybody fails at one point in their life. “I am at a stage in my life where I have been through everything.”

Deepika Padukone speaks about not being afraid of failures. Wikimedia Commons
Deepika Padukone speaks about not being afraid of failures. Wikimedia Commons

She was speaking on ‘Making mental wellness a boardroom priority’ at the World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum here on Wednesday.

In a packed hall at ‘global influencer session’ on the last day of the three-day event, Deepika, the founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, shared her experiences with depression and gave tips to technologists on how to overcome it.

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In a chat with Nasscom Vice-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Wipro Rishad Premji, she said that depression is going to be the next big epidemic.

She said it was important that the persons suffering from depression speak about it with his or her near and dear ones and approach a counsellor and psychiatrist.

Deepika Padukone advised all IT companies to have counsellors and psychiatrists to help the employees who may be suffering from depression.

Deepika requested all IT companies to hire psychiatrists. IANS
Deepika requested all IT companies to hire psychiatrists. IANS

She said the employers should also ensure that such employees are not treated differently, noting there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and such people don’t speak due to fear of losing their job.

She believes technology can help create awareness on depression but personal touch and feel is important to help the person. “Personal feel and touch, physical proximity, one-on-one is important which technology in some way is taking away from us.”

On whether social media is adding to the problem, Deepika said while it has been a boon in a lot of ways, she believes that everything should be in moderation. She observed that people on social media sometimes present a glorified version of life.

Recalling her fight with depression, the actress said she was not afraid of being judged when she opened up about the problem. “It’s okay to have moments of weakness, okay to break down and okay to cry. It’s okay if you don’t look great all the time,” she said.

Deepika Padukone is taking up many initiatives involving mental health.
Deepika Padukone is taking up many initiatives involving mental health.

Replying to a query from the audience, Deepika said when she was suffering from depression, she used to feel like not getting up from bed and going for work.

“There was no motivation and drive. I was not able to think straight. You feel a burden. You feel clouded and don’t feel like yourself.”

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About the many episodes of breaking down, she said one day when her parents were returning to Bengaluru after visiting her, she broke down in front of her mother, who understood the problem and reached out to a counsellor.

“If my mother had not understood the problem, I would not have got the intervention.”

Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it.

The actress said frequent sessions with counsellors, medication, lifestyle changes, spacing the work, adequate sleep and the right kind of food helped her overcome the problem.

Deepika Padukone also opened up about her struggles with mental illness. Instagram
Deepika Padukone also opened up about her struggles with mental illness. Instagram

She stressed the need for people to come out and speak about mental illness. “You are not alone. One in three or five persons feels depression. It’s going to be next big epidemic to hit our country,” she said.

On the activities of her Foundation, she said it was working to create awareness in Karnataka’s Davangere district. “If I am able to save even one life, I will feel my job is done.” IANS