October 20th, 2018 | Updated on July 31st, 2021
Alia Bhatt has posted a heartwarming video for her elder sister Shaheen Bhatt, after reading her debut book, ‘I’ve Never Been (un)Happier’. This emotional open letter has been shared on YouTube a few days after her elder sister Shaheen Bhatt launched her debut novel, which is an account of her own battle with depression.
The video starts with a clip from Alia’s childhood where she can be seen dancing with her sister. “When I come home after a long day at work or I am just sulking because of life, just one look at your older but still sparkling brown eyes just lights up my heart like you can’t imagine,” Alia said in the video, reminiscing her time spent with Shaheen.
Later in the video, praising Shaheen for her impeccable writing skills, Alia says, “When I read your book, the book you have written with so much ease and honesty, while I struggle to write one letter to you.” In another segment of the video, Alia apologised to her sister for not being able to understand her completely when she battled with depression and added, “I feel awful. I feel terrible because despite living with you for 25 years, I have never really understood your silent moments of depression.”
Alia shared a post on her Instagram and wrote: “Dear Shaheen.. Somehow when I finished reading your book I couldn’t tell you how I felt immediately because I felt too much and I don’t think I could ever discuss it with you properly.. I’ve tried now!”
Take a look at the video here:
Alia Bhatt concluded the video by apologising to her sister for not helping her sister when she needed her the most. “I know you hate the fact that we all are saying sorry to you, but take the apology because even though we love you, I don’t think we understood what you were going through, to this extent,” she apologised.
Shaheen launched her book on World Mental Health Day and wrote on her Instagram: “And finally, here she is. Today, on World Mental Health Day I’d like to proudly (and shakily) introduce you to my first book, I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier – an account of my life with depression.”