The Indian Cinema is walking slowly to knock around about mental health awareness on the grounds by employing the psychological factors as a storyline. In 2012, the movie 3, written and directed by Aishwarya R Dhanush served as a bridge to fill the void associated with mental health stigma by introducing a brain disorder –the Bipolar Disorder as a part of the screenplay, also projecting the barriers trucked with shame and hesitancy to seek help from mental health professionals by reflecting the society’s well-exposed stereotypes and uncommon stances taken towards those individuals suffering by the closed ones.
Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression is marked by episodes fluctuating in mood swings that elevate from depressive low to manic high along with changes in sleep, energy, thinking and behaviour. The majority of the population who have watched the movie have reported the title to signify the three stages of love. But it can be emphasized as three stages of bipolar disorder – the manic state, depressive state and functioning of a balanced state (note: there are various stages and different forms too).
The inner struggles faced by Ram hit the high spot of anyone battling from any disorder. The protagonist Ram after being acquainted that his close friends Kumaran and Senthil leaving aboard (the close ones drifting apart) makes him a prey to severe depression.
The manic episode would be the psychotic symptoms, for example – suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and unaware of their own behaviour. This is depicted through Ram’s aggressive approach towards their dog by kicking and killing it. Another instance would be Ram chasing and hitting his best friend Senthil. The famous and hit song in the movie– Why This Kolaveri Di – display Ram hallucinating Janani in the seashore – where she asks him to cross the sea to meet her.
The eye-opening of the movie would be his friend Senthil having no clue about what to do, tries to advise, argue and reason about his actions this manifests the exact situations of closed ones failing to understand the role of their part in the process of handling the closed ones suffering from emotional imbalances. The highlight of the movie is – even after consulting the mental health professional Ram was unwilling to continue his treatment and he did not want to disclose anything related to his mental sickness to his wife Janani because he assumed that he will be wearing his load onto her. This proves how our society has shaped and made it hard for anyone to accept and address the unseen inner battles. It also shows how he failed to cope up with rehabs which led to threatening hallucinations with distant characters by inviting him to kill himself or his wife. Finally, he chooses to kill himself and save Janani from him.
The movie is the sad reality of today’s condition with the respect to anything which matters to mental health. It is very hard to break the wall of stigma and to educate people. Instead of posting suicide is not an option, it’s necessary for everyone to think about why it is been considered as an option by the victims. But movies bringing up concepts and displaying the raw side of the harsh world can help the audience to understand the inner struggles and the importance of mental health by unboxing oneself to think and evolve into a better society.