The untimely death of Jiah Khan, like many others before her, once again brings to fore the dark underbelly of Bollywood behind all the glitz and glamour where failure leads to depression and depression to extreme measures. Actor Rahul Roy joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the matter.
Q. Dear Rahul! When there is so much stress being a movie actor... why cant the film industry also have a set of psychologists to help them cope with rejection and the pressures. Or why don't movie stars take help from such professionals. Suicide seems to be the one and only means to deal with the pressures of filmdom. Asked by: Nisha
A. Unfortunately, it is very true analysis. Lot of actors leave their hometown and come to Mumbai and they are very alone in Delhi. I agree, there should be psychologists.
Q. Few Years ago actor Vivek Agnihotri quoted that Bollywood is ruled by men and women are treated like slaves. Is that true? Asked by: Suraj Pancholi
A. I think it was true 5 years ago. My perception is that men are losing their grips. I feel very assertive women are making a mark. Some women are allowing themselves to be exploited. Even men are scared to be exposed. It is not easy for a man to exploit women anymore due to media.
Q. Why did she commit suicide? Asked by: Veera
A. I can only speculate, it was a spur of the moment. May be due to depression. Actors should find happiness in themselves. Jiah had a long way to go. My condolences goes out to her family. Its incredibly sad that we have lost so many women in Bollywood due to depression. Actors living alone in Mumbai must be around friends and family. Go for professional help, if needed.
Q. Investigators remain clueless as to the motives which prompted Bollywood actor Nafisa alias Jiah Khan to commit suicide at her residence late Monday night, officials indicated here Tuesday. Asked by: sahil
A. It will be clueless because it happens on the spur of the moment.
Q. You had limited success in films. Moreover people laughed at you and made jokes out of it. How you felt that point of time and how are taking criticism? Asked by: Sudhakar
A. I'm passionate about films but my life value is far beyond films.
Q. I think glamour connects to death with pain? Isn't it? Asked by: Dhruv Kundel
A. Celebrities lose focus of reality. Life has ups and down which teach us lessons. Defination of happiness is different for different people.
Q. People say film industry is a like a family. Only one thing is clear that.. chadta suraj ko salaam hota hai yahan pe... do you agree Rahul? Asked by: siddhartha
A. It is a like a family. Bhatt saab never painted rosy picture. I was told that there are ups and downs. You have to be prepared for that. It happens in every industry.
Q. Don't you think Hindi Cinema must adopt a social responsibility theme wherein the industry lobbies and supports struggling artists till the point they are able to stand their own feet? Asked by: Akshay Iyer
A. They should, I think after all these incidences, they will be doing something like that.
Q. Who should be blamed for such suicides, Bollywood desperation of stardom losing creed carrier failure or their personal issues, what is the ratio according to you? Asked by: arbab
A. Those who come to Mumbai and to Bollywood should be mentally prepared. There will be winners and losers.
Q. How should an aspiring actor analysis his path and what's the precaution he should take? Asked by: siddhartha Ganguly
A. They should come with a strong heart and give themselves a time limit. Keep their eyes and ears open, share their thoughts with their families.
Q. Did you get any sort of suicidal tendencies after the fathom of 'Aashiqui' was over? If yes, how did you deal with it? Asked by: Neha Jha
A. People still love me, it was evident in the Bigg Boss as I was the Bigg Boss winner. I preach what I practice. I'm grateful to god.