Ranveer Singh is calling out to the media for practising "irresponsible journalism" and spinning a "fairy tale" around his depression.
The Kill Dil actor took to Facebook and criticized a Mumbai daily on Tuesday for publishing what he called an "appallingly unethical", "ludicrous" and "deplorable" story.
The story in a tabloid suggested that actor Deepika Padukone, who recently opened up about having experienced depression, was apparently not the only one in low spirits. Her love interest, actor Ranveer Singh, too, was very depressed during the same period.
"That was uncool, uncalled for and an outright disrespectful imposition... It was shamelessly aligned with another person’s conflict and both these unrelated stories were made to connect for a sensational effect," Singh, 29, wrote on his Facebook page about the story.
In the scathing Facebook post, Singh also added, "Obviously, the journo didn't bother to check the veracity of this 'news' with me or any one of my representatives. Appallingly unethical!"
The story posted on Monday started with: Now it can be told, why the actress (Deepika) chose to talk about and create awareness about her condition.
It went on to quote a source close to Deepika, who said, "Deepika was suffering, it's true, but what no one knows is that Ranveer was the one who was disturbed and was seeking help. Deepika saw that he was having a tough time trying to come to terms with the suicide of a friend, who was dealing with depression. The friend shot himself last year, minutes after putting up a status on Facebook saying he was going to kill himself. But before any of his family members or friends could reach him, he had pulled the trigger. Those close to the deceased blamed themselves for not being able to help or doing enough or just being there with him."
In his Facebook outburst, Ranveer, who was recently in news in connection with the infamous AIB Roast, said, " Classic case of utterly IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM. Is there any accountability? Or is the power of the pen now the terror of the pen?"
Early in January 2015, Padukone spoke to Hindustan Times and revealed that up until last 2014 she struggled with anxiety and depression.
Padukone explained how, while her career was thriving and she was rising to become one of Bollywood’s most sought-after actors, she was simultaneously battling depression.
She went on to talk about how it was a friend’s suicide due to anxiety and depression, as well as her own personal experiences, that encouraged her to speak up about this issue, one that isn’t widely discussed in India.