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Abhishek Bachchan slams people who claim Breathe Into the Shadows stigmatizes mental health: ‘They are sensationalists’


Abhishek Bachchan says, enough is enough. The actor, currently seen on the show’s second season Breathe: Into the Shadows, is puzzled as to how anyone might find the show’s treatment and portrayal of mental health inaccurate when it’s was something the team was particularly particular about doing well.

In the Prime Video thriller created by Mayank Sharma, Abhishek plays a psychiatrist who also suffers from dissociative identity disorder. During the show’s first season in 2020, a section criticized it for reinforcing the stigma around mental health and making it a stereotype.

In an interview with indianexpress.com, Abhishek said he was baffled that the show had come under such heavy criticism, when a team of doctors were personally involved in the script.

“I totally disagree. People who said that have no idea what they’re talking about. There were four-five doctors who worked on the script, Mayank’s brother-in-law is a psychiatrist who works particularly in this disorder. It is of paramount importance for us, to be sensitive to mental health, especially to people with similar disorders,” Abhishek said.

The actor said the show’s team worked in tandem with psychiatrists to ensure the description was accurate. “We consulted daily with his brother-in-law from sets, one of my best friends is a psychiatrist, who I worked with to understand the sensitivities of how a doctor would approach his patients.”

“So I think they are completely wrong and they are sensationalists who just want to say something because they have a platform to say. I’m sorry to be so aggressive, but anyone who says (that we have) stigmatized mental health has no idea what they’re talking about, because that’s the first thing we kept in mind.

Abhishek said that Breathe: Into the Shadows was not edited to talk about “mental health, multiple personality disorders”, but those aspects are just part of the story and the character. “It wasn’t a show to raise awareness about it and that was never the main focus. That said, Mayank went to great lengths to make sure no one could say that.

Abhishek feels it has become “practical to catch filmmakers and storytellers” over an issue which the actor says is grossly unfair. “If we have to nitpick, I can find a problem with anything. You have to understand what the intent of the show is.

“We’re not making a show about someone sick and on their journey, but if that’s what you want to do on the show, then you’re barking at the wrong tree. You can have speeches, no one denies it, there is freedom of speech but wrongly pointing fingers is unfair, especially when someone has spent a good two years paying attention to it,” he said. he adds.

Breathe: Into the Shadows season 2 also stars Amit Sadh, Naveen Kasturia, and Saiyami Kher. The series, produced by Vikram Malhotra and Abundantia Entertainment, is written by Mayank, Vikram Tuli, Arshad Syed, Priya Saggi and Abhijeet Deshpande.

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