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5 Bollywood Movies About Mental Health Struggles

by Joe Bourn

Updated on 22 Nov 2023 at 00:06 IST

Kadak Singh, a Bollywood thriller, follows AK Srivastava, a financial crime officer with retrograde amnesia, on a mission to uncover a Chit Fund scam.

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In the exciting thriller Kantak Singh, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, we find ourselves embroiled in the complex world of financial crimes and a protagonist with an unusual challenge. AK Srivastava, played by the brilliant Pankaj Tripathi, is an officer in the Economic Crime Branch who, despite being diagnosed with retrograde amnesia, embarks on a mission to unravel a Chit Fund scam.

Let’s go deeper into 5 Bollywood movies based on mental illness.

1. Dear Zindagi (2016)

Directed by Gauri Shinde, this film stars Alia Bhatt as a young woman struggling with anxiety and unresolved childhood issues. The narrative unfolds beautifully as she seeks guidance from a therapist, emphasizing the importance of mental wellness and self-discovery.

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2. Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

Directed by Vijay Lalwani, this psychological thriller features Farhan Akhtar as Karthik, a character dealing with schizophrenia. The film explores the challenges of mental health and the impact it can have on one’s personal and professional life.

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3. Talaash (2012)

Directed by Reema Kagti, ‘Talaash’ is a suspenseful psychological thriller starring Aamir Khan. The story involves grief, guilt and the protagonist’s journey to uncover the truth behind a mysterious death, offering a unique perspective on mental struggles.

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4. Phobia (2016)

Pawan Kripalani directed this psychological thriller starring Radhika Apte. The film revolves around an artist who develops agoraphobia after a traumatic incident. Phobia delves into the complexities of anxiety disorders and the impact they can have on a person’s daily life.

5. Judgmental Hai Kya (2019)

Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, this dark comedy-thriller stars Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao. The film explores themes of psychosis and paranoia, challenging perceptions and unfolding a suspenseful plot that delves into the complexities of mental health struggles.

These Bollywood films contribute to a growing conversation around mental health by portraying characters with depth and sensitivity and encouraging audiences to understand and understand the challenges that individuals face in their mental health journeys.

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