Honestly, Mallya – XYZ Social News
By Sukant Deepak
New Delhi, October 20 (SocialNews.XYZ) It all started with an Instagram post where he announced how he quit drinking a year ago. Not that actor Sidhartha Mallya was an alcoholic, just that he was feeling anxious the next morning.
“Getting thousands of responses on an honest post was overwhelming and made me think about how many more lives I could touch, and maybe help if I shared more experiences,” he told IANS .
Mallya’s memoir, “If I am Honest,” published by Westland Publications, which recently appeared in the forums, takes the reader back to 2016, when he went through a depression. Something that surprised him a bit, considering he apparently had the world at his feet: he was young, had just graduated from a prestigious drama school, and had plans for films to come.
However, despite all the waiting opportunities, he was unhappy. It was then that he realized that something was wrong and sought professional help. So began the journey to understand his current mental state as well as an exploration of other mental issues he suffered throughout his life and where they might have come from.
In this memoir, he talks about – battling depression, living with OCD, the effects of his parents’ divorce, why he stopped drinking – and also what helped him cope and overcome his challenges.
“There are a few messages I want to get across. One is that anyone can have mental health issues. And also, I think, being honest, as the title suggests, I want to make it clear that “It’s okay to talk about these things. To embrace your own truth. It makes no sense to be ashamed to talk about them,” he says.
Ask him if there was the much publicized “catharsis” after the book ended, and he says, “Frankly, the whole process was quite difficult. You have to do a lot of homework to be able to talk about these things. that and reliving those things have an impact on you. However, I kept telling myself – If I can just help another person, then everything is fine.
Mallya, who studied business and joined the corporate world before dropping it off to enroll in the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, says he always wanted to do something performative in India.
“From a young age my imagination liked to run around and I always wanted to do my thing. I’m so glad I made this transition. Because if I hadn’t, I don’t know. not if this book would have existed today. I think the change has helped me grow as a person. It has helped me get in touch with myself, “he says.
Happy to have made his debut with rebel filmmaker Q in ‘Brahman Naman’ (the first Indian original to hit Netflix), the actor says what fascinated him was the fact that the director was known to make his own stuff without getting distracted. by counterpart at the box office. “He’s not a conformist, and that’s what makes him special. We shot the film in 2014, at a time when the Indian film landscape was very different. All those OTT platforms weren’t there then.”
Pointing out that digital platforms have opened doors to multiple genres without the pressure of box office success and also from actors who might not be A-listers, he adds, “It’s all about subscribers, and the success of a show is not based on the box office. Therefore, you no longer need your celebrity names in these projects. I think what he did was he gave a lot of actors the chance to get into some really good projects that they couldn’t really have been in. the traditional model. “
Currently working on a few movie projects, the lockdowns for this actor weren’t exactly drastic. “Believe it or not, despite what people might think, I’m not the most social person. I like being in bed at 9:00 p.m. and getting up at 6:30 a.m. So lockdowns don’t really matter. changed my life a lot. I know a lot of people who enjoy social interactions. I actually spent a lot of time working on myself. “
And how is it to be the son of Vijay Mallya? “Well, I don’t want people to think, ‘Vijay Mallya’s son wrote a book.’ I hope I will be respected. And if you don’t like me, if you don’t like my book, that’s fine. don’t like the book because you associate me with someone else you don’t like. “
(Sukant Deepak can be contacted at [email protected])