For Sid Mallya, dealing with all the negative news around his father, the fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya, has not been easy. The actor says the hardest part of it was dealing with the negative messages he received.
The ordeal, however, put him on a path of self-discovery and self-care, he insists.
“My dad’s situation was a difficult one. I don’t think anyone wants to see a close relative or friend go through a tough time. I think the hardest part though has been dealing with the negative messages that have been aimed at me because of it,” Sid told IANS while recalling how he overcame that difficult period of his life.
“But on a positive side, this whole ordeal has led me down this path of self-discovery, self-care and mental health awareness which has helped me rediscover and connect to my true being,” added the actor, whose real name is Siddharth Mallya.
Once a liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who made a fortune selling beer and expanded his business into other realms, is now a wanted man in India for allegedly defrauding banks and on money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crore.
Asked how his bond with his father changed while going through these experiences, Sid said: “I don’t know if it really changed all that much. We are both very different people as is, and are wired very differently! As such we have each dealt with the experiences in our own individual ways.”
Sid has lived his life rather openly, exposing his personal battles and vulnerabilities — be it his struggle with mental health, anxiety or decision to quit alcohol. He has also come out with a web series called “ConSIDer This”, in which he is seen talking about his own mental health struggles and how he tries to overcome it every day. (IANS)