Web-Desk (March 26, 2018): Bollywood queen Deepika Padukone has said that it is important for celebrities to use their place of influence and power to bring about change in society.
According to Indian Websites, Deepika has said that “I think it is extremely important for those who are in positions of influence or power to bring about social change. It is extremely important for them to speak up about whatever issue it might be.”Actors like Akshay Kumar have made efforts to take up social issues through their films. Akshay highlighted the issue of open defecation in his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and took up the ‘taboo’ issue of menstruation in Pad Man.
“For many years, people always said, ‘You know you are successful, you should do work in social sectors as well or associate with an NGO’.
There were so many options (for me), but I didn’t feel like I was being honest to them. It didn’t come naturally to me until I came across mental health, also because of my personal experience,” said the A-lister actress, who had earlier opened up about her battle with depression.Deepika wants to see India as the happiest nation in the world.
“My vision for the Foundation is that we become the happiest country in the world. I see Bhutan having their happiness minister, and even some of the Scandinavian countries have the highest rate of mental happiness and I want India to be there, sooner or later.”