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This is a known fact that among many of the illnesses vocalised and talked about, mental health is least dealt with. Especially in a country like India where everything that doesn't fit the binary outlook, is treated like a taboo makes talking about mental health and suffering, a hard nut to crack.
However it now seems that lack of knowledge is still comparatively better than having wrong knowledge. Something, that Bollywood tried to pull out quite recently with Atrangi Re.
Directed by Anand L.Rai and starring Sara Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Dhanush in pivotal roles, this film diluted the importance of mental health in an attempt of the slap-stick comedy.
At multiple twists and turns we see Dhanush and his doctor friend making comments on mental distress as "pagalpan" and narrowing the ambit of all diseases under one umbrella.
The fact that Bollywood still believes that love and pills alone can cure any mental illness, is gut wrenching and takes the awareness drive to a completely wrong direction.
Seldom movies like Dear Zindagi and 15 Park Avenue have sufficiently been able to bring the right aspects of the illness to attention. However such films are seldom made for the mass appeal of comedy and drama.
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