Actor Karan Tacker, well-known on television, has spoken out about mental illness and depression. Karan said in an interview with Hindustan Times that he had experienced depression on occasion and that it “takes weeks to get out of it.” The 36-year-old actor said it was a “gutsy decision” to give up TV in the midst of his career’s peak when he was receiving plenty of work.
He spoke to the news source. “I don’t think being low or being depressed is something that happens only once. I feel unfortunate in the profession that we are in, it comes multiple times because the expectations of your career are always increasing and unfortunately the results are not in your hands. As an actor, you will require a director or producer to give you a job. You do tend to break multiple times because it is not an easy industry”
Karan added, “It did take me quite a lot of time to figure (things out). Also when I left TV, there were two options: TV and films. There was no OTT. So if you are not an actor on TV you are not an actor until you have no job. For somebody who supports the family, it becomes difficult to run your home. It used to get really tough. I don’t want to be dishonest about that. There have been months that I have been just low, as work wasn’t panning out the way I had imagined. Also, even the shows I did on OTT, the breaks in between have been really long so you got to have a whole lot of belief in what you are doing. Luckily, I had the support of my family and friends. You have to train yourself to make your mettle stronger.”
On the work front, Karan is well known for portraying Farooq Ali in Hotstar’s “Special OPS” and Viren Singh Vadhera in the daily serial “Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai.”