Shefali Jariwala rose to fame with her spectacular music video, Kaanta Laga. The 2002 music video is still a hit number. But Shefali went missing after the hit number. Recently, the actress has done some reality shows that include, Nach Baliye 5 and Bigg Boss 13. She was also seen as the female protagonist in ALTBalaji’s web series Baby Come Naa opposite Shreyas Talpade, in 2018.
In a conversation with ETimes, Shefali Jariwala revealed, “I had an epilepsy seizure at the age of 15. I remember at that time I was under tremendous pressure to do well in my studies. Stress and anxiety can lead to seizures. It’s interrelated; you could get a seizure due to depression and vice versa. I have got seizures in classrooms, backstage, while on roads, and somewhere that lowered my self-esteem.”
Talking about why she didn’t take up any project after the massive success of Kaanta Laga, Shefali Jariwala said, “After I did Kaanta Laga, people asked me why I didn’t do more work. I can now say that it was because of the epilepsy seizures that I couldn’t take up much work. I didn’t know when I would get my next seizure… this went on for 15 years. Today, I am nine years seizure-free. I am proud of myself because I managed my depression, panic attacks and anxiety naturally and with the help of a strong support system.”
She also opened up on how she has stayed positive during the pandemic, the actress shares, “The pandemic situation has been tough, but I consciously worked on my mental health and stayed away from any kind of things that could trigger depression. I focused on doing meditation, yoga, sketching, drawing and other things that kept me happy. Exercise and some positive lifestyle changes helped me a lot.”