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Kapil Sharma Opens Up On His Battle With Depression, Reveals Having Frequent Suicidal Thoughts


One of the most successful stand-up comedians in India, Kapil Sharma has made a name for himself, despite his humble background and struggling days. He is blessed with the greatest gift of putting a smile across countless faces of his audience, who find a breath of fresh air through his jokes. Apart from his home on the stage, he has also ventured out into the field of acting. And now, in a recent interview for his upcoming film, Zwigato, Kapil opened up on one of the darkest phases of his life.

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Kapil Sharma reveals his battle with depression, opens up about having suicidal thoughts

In a promotional interview with Aaj Tak for his upcoming film, Zwigato, Kapil Sharma for the first time ever, talked about a dark phase in his life, when he had been suffering from depression. Kapil revealed he began suffering from bouts of anxiety and depression back in 2017, after his first film debut, Firangi flunked at the box office. He also explained that he started having frequent suicidal thoughts, leading him to have the controversial fallout with his friend and fellow comedian, Sunil Grover. Elaborating on the phase, Kapil mentioned:

“In that phase, I thought about committing suicide. I thought there is nobody with whom I can share what I feel. The place where I come from, mental health is not something that is discussed. I don’t think this was the first time that I went through this phase. Maybe, during childhood, I must have felt low, but nobody would have noticed.” 

Kapil recollects his fight back from depression, calls it a learning experience

Well, as they say, testing times are short-lived and the beam of bright sunshine always peeps out. Kapil, too, fought out of his depressive thoughts and gradually began to see the silver lining from the clouds of anxiety. Recalling his route to recovery, Kapil highlights that it was nothing less than a learning experience for him, and in fact, the phase helped him to filter out the unnecessary things in his life. In his words:

“But after you go through such a phase, you start to take notice of things going around you. Your eyes open up. If an artist is sensitive, it doesn’t mean that he is stupid. Now that I think about it, I think it was a good phase, only because life got filtered after that. If that phase didn’t come, I would not have learnt to enjoy small things in life.”

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Kapil Sharma mentions how he sometimes felt lonely despite gaining immense love from fans

For an artist of any kind, the appreciation from their fans values the most. However, there have been many times when Kapil Sharma felt a sense of loneliness despite getting immense love and warmth from his fans. Elaborating on how such situations become unexplainable for a public figure like him, Kapil mentioned:

“As a public figure, crores of people know you, you entertain them, but when you come home, you are alone. You are also not in a situation to live a normal life where you can go out, sit on the beach and look at the sea. You live in a two-room flat, and when it’s dark outside by evening, I cannot explain how bad the feeling is in that situation.”

Kapil Sharma’s personal life

The reason behind the laughter of millions of people, Kapil Sharma leads a simple life as a family man, which he promptly keeps away from all the media attention. For the unversed, Kapil got married to his childhood sweetheart, Ginni Chatrath in a lavish wedding ceremony on December 12, 2018. The madly-in-love duo got promoted as parents for the first time after they welcomed their daughter, Anayra in 2019. The family got completed two years later as they welcomed their son, Trishaan on 2021. 

What do you think about Kapil’s battle with depression? Let us know!

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