In an analysis of all 61 cine star celebrity deaths by Heart Care Foundation of India, it was found that 8 out of 61 committed suicide and another 2 survived a severe depression.  Till now, the medical profession, especially the initial years, was perceived as the most suicide prone profession.  Would the film industry today acknowledge that depression and suicides are very common as compared to other professions?  When we compare the film industry and the current IPL cricket industry, we find that both of them deal with stress and strains of life.

Cricketers face the stresses of being left out from the final XI, losing a match or scoring a duck or getting out on a score of 99. The stress in cricket is even more as the person is playing for the country.  But even with similar levels of stress, cricketers do not get depressed or commit suicide.  One reason may be that cricket as a game is more disciplined, requires a constant practice, regular physical fitness and exercise, not eating refined carbohydrates as has been advocated by the cricket academy and regular presence of counselors in every academy where they are attached.  Counseling sessions are often held before and after the game. On the other hand, in the film industry people are more isolated, self-centered with no food discipline or sessions of yoga, pranayama and meditation. Seniors often suppress the newcomers/juniors.  The expectation from juniors by seniors is much more in the cine industry.  Its not only suicides, other lifestyle disorders too are much more common in the film industry than that in cricket industry or any other profession.  Three major causes of death in the cine industry are heart attacks, cancer and depression or suicide.  All three are related to lifestyle disorders.

The time has come for the film industry to come out with policies and guidelines on how to reduce this stress.