Mahesh Bhatt says movie industry is "high-stress business", making people prone to abuse
The filmmaker says the constant urge to get validation for one's work could be terrifying.
"It (films) is a high-stress business and that's why not many can do it. That's why you have people prone to substance abuse, mood swings. You have a tendency to gravitate towards depression because you are dependent continuously," Bhatt told reporters.
"When you show a trailer, you constantly wonder if there'll be claps. It takes a lot of courage to be on the center stage and hopes that people will shower compliments on you. However big a filmmaker is, the day the film opens, everyone is scared," he added.
Bhatt said surviving in the showbiz is not everyone's cup of tea.
"No one has been saved by this and this is the entertainment industry's specialty. That's the way it has been and it'll remain so. Very few can sustain this, others leave and run away," he said.
Bhatt also opened up about his daughter Shaheen who was diagnosed with clinical depression and said she will chronicle her experience in a memoir to be released in October.
"My daughter Shaheen discovered she's suffering from clinical depression at 16. She also came to a point of considering suicide at the age of 12-13. This happened at home.
"Even in our industry, a girl gave away her life. She came to us for work once but we couldn't work together. I still remember seeing her body, the one who came here to work. I've seen this side of the city too," he said.
The movie, directed by Tariq Khan, also stars KK Menon, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Avi Parsdasani and is scheduled to release on October 19.