Alia Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Radhika Apte, Karan Johar, Sonali Bendre, Lisa Ray, and Tahira Kashyap were snapped at 'We The Women' event hosted at a popular studio in Bandra, Mumbai. All pictures/Yogen Shah and Pallav Paliwal
Alia Bhatt, at the event, said she felt guilty for being a "terrible sister" for not understanding Shaheen as much as she should have during the latter's battle with depression.
Alia Bhatt, who accompanied Shaheen at a session on mental health, had multiple breakdowns while talking about what her sister went through.
"I am suddenly feeling very nervous. I am very nervous that I am going to start crying any minute because once we start talking about my sister and her...," Alia Bhatt said, choking.
In picture: Karan Johar was also one of the Bollywood celebrities who attended the event.
The actor broke down and was consoled by her sister. "I feel extremely proud, heartbroken and overjoyed at the same time. Even though I've lived with my sister my whole life, 26 years, I only understood what she was going through after reading her book."
In picture: Katrina Kaif spoke at length about pay parity and other issues in the industry.
"That makes me feel, on so many levels, so terrible as a sister. I feel like I didn't put myself out there enough to understand her, to think about what she was going through," Alia Bhatt further added.
Alia Bhatt also said on a subliminal level, everyone understood that there are certain situations which are different for Shaheen, but her book made her understand what she was going through.
In picture: Lisa Ray posed for the shutterbugs at the event.
"What makes me really emotional," Alia broke down again, and added, "I always believed that she is the most brilliant person in the family but somehow she never believed it herself. That always broke my heart."
In picture: Radhika Apte was also a part of a panel discussion at the event.
"Not just me, everyone feels like this for her, that when Shaheen walks into a room, it's like a star is there because genuinely she with her mind, emotional quotient, the way she makes you feel, it's of another extreme."
In picture: Sonali Bendre, Lisa Ray and Tahira Kashyap at the panel discussion.
When asked if she feels guilty for not being sensitive, Alia said, "I was sensitive but I do feel guilty for not understanding her as much as I should have. I do understand much better now."
In picture: Radhika Apte opted for a monochrome dress for the event.
Shaheen Bhatt, however, said understanding what depression means can be a task for people. "It is impossible to know the intricacies of it (depression) unless you've gone through it... What she's reacting to is that. Maybe she didn't understand the intricacies. I don't think she has anything to be guilty for, at all."
In picture: Sonali Bendre opted for a casual outfit to attend the event.
"It has been 20 years now, for me, depression is chronic, it's even now. Talking about having times when I don't want to live, it happened to me a couple of months ago. I hadn't felt that in a really long time. It had been a really long time since those thoughts and feelings came back. I attempted suicide when I was 17-18 as well," she added.
In picture: Tahira Kashyap suited up in a monochrome outfit for the event.
Alia Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Radhika Apte, Karan Johar, Sonali Bendre, Lisa Ray, Tahira Kashyap and many prominent celebrities attended We The Women event hosted in Bandra, Mumbai. We have pictures
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