Ira Khan, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's daughter, has revealed that she is clinically depressed. She shared her struggle with depression on World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on October 10 each year to increase involvement in the matters of mental health.
Khan shared a video on Instagram accompanied by a caption that reads, "A lot has been going on, a lot of people have a lot to say. Things are really confusing and stressful and simple and okay but not okay and... life all together. There’s no way to say it all in one go. But I’d like to think I’ve figured some stuff out, or at least figured out how to make it slightly more understandable. About mental health and mental ill-health. So come with me on this journey... in my awkward, quirky, sometimes-baby-voice-y, as-honest-as-I-can-be... way. Let’s start a conversation. Happy World Mental Health Day."
Looking straight into the camera, Ira is seen saying, "Hi, I’m depressed. I have been for more than four years now. I’ve been to a doctor and I’m clinically depressed. I’m doing much better now. For over a year now, I wanted to do something for mental health, but I wasn’t sure what to do. So, I have decided to take you on a journey, my journey, and see what happens. Hopefully, we will get to know ourselves slightly better, understand mental illness better."
She concluded the video by saying, "Let’s start from where I started. What do I have to be depressed about? Who am I to be depressed? I have everything, right?"
So far, Ira's post on Instagram has crossed 5K likes while her comment section is filled with positive notes. She is being lauded by her followers for speaking up publically and breaking the stigma around mental health issues.
Ira is Aamir's daughter with his first wife Reena Dutta, with whom he also has a son named Junaid. Ira stepped into showbiz by making her directorial debut last year with the stage production, Euripides' Medea. The play was an adaptation of Euripides' Greek tragedy Medea, and it stars Junaid Khan and Hazel Keech.