“It’s disturbing, it’s actually devastating"
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has opened up about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected him mentally after witnessing the loss of life.
The actor has remained quiet on social media ever since vastly Covid-19 spread in India.
As a result of the mental impact, Ranveer revealed how he has been emotionally taken aback. He said:
“I have been engaging this period of lockdown in very different ways. In the first two weeks, it felt like something, then in the first month, then a month and a half and now it’s been two months.
“So, I have been going through various phases. Every time you wake up in the morning and read the news, read about what is happening and it’s a very grim scenario.
“It’s disturbing, it’s actually devastating to witness what is happening in this unprecedented pandemic to all our brothers and sisters not just in our country but across the world.”
Ranveer continued to mention that as the death toll rose, he was not in the best frame of mind to interact online. He explained:
“You know what the world is facing, this global crisis that is really weighs down on you. So, I was going through my own process to wrapping my head around it in a way that it has an effect on you emotionally.
“I don’t think I was prepared to engage with anyone or anything in public.”
Ranveer Singh went on to explain that he has been trying to remain positive. He said:
“I’m staying home and making sure that I’m using this time in as positive a way as possible.
“Trying to be positive, trying to be optimistic, trying to find the silver lining, trying to see the brighter side of things as grim a scenario that it is.
“So, I also used this time to kind of hibernate and experience the joy of doing nothing. There is a charm to that as well.”
Ranveer also disclosed how the lockdown has allowed him time to relax and rejuvenate. He said:
“I must say before this, life was moving at a very frenetic and hectic pace. I felt I was a hamster on a wheel especially with Padmaavat (2018), Simmba (2018) and Gully Boy (2019).
“My workload in the past year, year and a half increased to a level where I was teetering to a level of burnout.
“I have lived this period being under the radar, off the grid as they say.”
Ranveer Singh further added:
“In a way, this lockdown period has been well-timed for me. I get this time to introspect, to focus on myself.
“As actors, you say you are the player and you are the instrument – this body that we have, this mortal vessel that we have, we are the players and this is our instrument.
“So, to be able to focus on myself, to be able to get time with my wife [Deepika Padukone] has been really good.
“After we got married, it was crazy busy for both of us. So, it’s given time to rediscover each other in a different way, bond with each other.”