After sharing her experience of facing bias due to skin colour Suhana Khan, the daughter of Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, shared another on Instagram. Suhana recently posed a throwback picture from New York and a still from Pedro Almodovar 1988 film. She wrote: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”
It is obvious that Suhana’s post is about “nervous breakdown” was meant to address a mental health issue. Gender differences occur in mental disorders such as depression, anxiety etc. These disorders are higher in women and as per one survey, may be one in three women have some form of it.
Depression is not only the most common women’s mental health problem but may be more persistent in women than men. It’s important for young people to not just talk about it but also acknowledge all the issues that come with it. One hopes more we know, the more effort will make to work on it.
Last week, Suhana shut down the people who commented on her complexion and height, calling her skin tone “too dark” and that she is “not beautiful at all”. In an Instagram post, she shared a powerful message about the need to “ending colourism”.
Suhana, who is taking online classes at the University of New York, where she is also studying filmmaking, has earlier shared that trolls have called her “ugly” and “kaali” and also revealed that she has been criticised for her dark skin since she was 12 years old. “Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what’s sad is that we are all Indian, which automatically makes us brown…” she wrote on her Instagram.
“I’m sorry if social media, Indian matchmaking or even your own families have convinced you, that if you’re not 5’7 and fair you’re not beautiful.” She signed off the post on a positive note. “I hope it helps to know that I’m 5’3 and brown and I am extremely happy about it and you should be too,” wrote Suhana. [Feature Image Credit: Suhana Khan/Instagram]