Ace actor Ali Fazal who will be seen next in Ray, an anthology based on legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s short stories, has said that he suffered from depression after essaying his role in the Aamir Khan starrer, 3 Idiots. Fazal’s character, Joy Lobo, was passionate about machinery but commits suicide after Boman Irani’s Dr Viru ‘Virus’ Sahastrabuddhe tells him that he will not graduate. 3 idiots was a landmark film that spoke about the high rates of suicide in India caused due to educational pressure.
“I slipped into depression when I started with 3 Idiots. I played a small role in it. Do you know what happened? Suddenly they were doing some news pieces, not to sound morbid or anything but at that time, some college students had harmed themselves, and then I got a call from some news channel saying, ‘Sir, you’ve played this role and this is exactly what has happened. How do you feel about it?’ and I was crushed at that point. I was naive, I was in my second year of college. I went into depression and I told Raju sir (Rajkumar Hirani) and all these people and they said, ‘please don’t do this. Tell them to talk to the producer and don’t feel like this’,” the actor has revealed in an interview with an entertainment portal.
“Obviously, they were very sweet about it and I used to suddenly start associating that I couldn’t explain much in a small role. I wish and hope I get a big role so that then I can take them through the whole journey and tell you no, this is not what I meant to do. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody. Of course, it was coming from a very naive place,” he added.