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Saji from Kumbalangi Nights and Lessons on Mental Health



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Depression and mental health are highly underrated in our country. People fear to speak up on their mental health issues as much as people back off from listening to others suffering from mental health trauma.
 It took a supremely talented actor’s demise to wake up to the dangers of depression and related mental illness.

Professional help for mental fitness is something that many do not even know about still. And some who do know, try to rule out its existence as baseless and unnecessary. How severe the consequences of depression can be is now somewhat coming out loud and clear to many.

Remember Saji from Kumbalangi Nights (2019, Malayalam)? The movie is a beautiful depiction of dysfunctional families and messed up relations. It is flawless in its presentation and I can watch it a million times without getting bored.

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Though the movie is all about the beauty of broken and neglected things, there is this one scene that is extremely relevant in the current scenario. A chain of unfortunate incidents leaves Saji numb and miserable. “I am not even able to cry”, he chokes as he says.

Saji needed help and he was aware of it and that is why he asks for it. He breaks down and weeps as he gets everything out of his system, all the childhood trauma and every other thing that bothered him. He leaves the clinic, a bit relieved. And he as he walks out, there is his younger brother, Frankie, with his comforting arm around his shoulders just by his side. We now see hope in Saji’s eyes. Slowly but surely he is getting his life back together.

This scene speaks volumes on mental health. Things may go wrong in life but there is always a way out. Seeking professional help can do wonders in your life and with supportive family and friends, beautiful and content life is not impossible.

So successful, so much money and fame and still depressed? This question asked by several people all over the internet about actor Sushant Singh's Rajput's untimely demise itself is proof that the whereabouts of depression is still an alien concept to many in this country. It is important to understand that materialistic pleasure has nothing to do with mental well-being. 

Sometimes the ransom riches fail to fill the constant void in the mind and fail to remind us that we are not worthless and deserve a good life.

As much as we need to stand up for the sake of our mental well being it is equally important that we do know the difference between feeling sad and being depressed. Don’t call yourself depressed unless clinically certified by a doctor. Depression is a whole different thing, it is dark and hidden in the most beautiful smile you come across daily.


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