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Updated: June 5, 2013 00:46 IST

Jiah Khan found dead

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Actor Jiah Khan
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Actor Jiah Khan

Shock and disbelief enveloped the Bollywood fraternity after young actor Jiah Khan was found dead at her Mumbai residence late Monday night.

The 25-year-old New York-born and London-bred Ms. Khan, whose real name was Nafisa, was said to have allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her apartment in Juhu.

The actor, who had made a dream debut opposite legend Amitabh Bachchan in 2007’s Nishabd, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, was said to have been in a relationship with Suraj Pancholi, the son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab.

Sources said that while Ms. Khan had been seeing Mr. Pancholi for a year, their relationship had hit a rough patch over the last month or so.

“No suicide note has been recovered from the spot…we will be questioning Suraj on the basis of the text messages and phone calls. Prima facie, it appears that she took her life owing to a strained relationship [with Suraj],” said Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre-Patil, speaking to reporters outside Sagar Sangeet, Ms. Khan’s residence

The police estimated her time of death between 10.53 p.m. and 11.22 p.m. The post-mortem examination was later carried out at the city’s J.J. Hospital

According to police sources, Ms. Khan’s mobile phone revealed the exchange of several calls and text messages between Mr. Pancholi and herself between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Monday night.

“Suraj and Jiah spoke over the telephone a number of times yesterday, with the last call being made at 10.53 p.m., which lasted for two minutes. Soon after, Jiah hanged herself. Suraj also sent her a bouquet which she did not accept,” said a police officer.

Later, Mr. Pancholi and his father underwent a three-and-a-half hour grilling by the police in connection with the case.

Ms. Khan’s mother told the police that her daughter had gone to Hyderabad on June 2 for an audition which apparently did not go well. The actor, she told the police, was advised to shed weight.

Survival of new talent for an industry is a prior condition for optimum
outcome,Bollywood has time for introspection.very sad situation.........

from:  prem vijoy
Posted on: Jun 5, 2013 at 16:22 IST

What are the learning points for aspiring actors? The unknown darker
side of the glamorous film world is full of pressures, stress,
treachery, greed, struggles, disappointments, faithlessness,
backstabbing, exploitation etc.

from:  George Thomas
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 14:21 IST

Millions would kill to live a life she was living. Suicide is not the answer. Why kill ourselves when life is so much fun. May she find peace in the afterlife.

from:  Zucho
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 14:20 IST

Life is slowly losing its price

from:  Raju
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 13:27 IST

Bollywood is ruthless for new comers like this. She might have had great
expectation from the industry which must not have been met.

Without a Godfather it is very difficult to get good roles in the

RIP Jiah. U were very young to give up though ...

from:  harish dewangan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 13:14 IST

What a waste.

from:  Nikhil Mahant
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 12:47 IST

This is the actual dilemma with showbiz world. You tend to struggle a
lot. If you fail you come closer to a conclusion where you start
thinking about giving up. By chance if you have succeeded in breaking
iron shell then again you reach to a conclusion and you start thinking
about, is that really a life he or she has been boxing around so hard.
If you are demoralized on that stage even you have already achieved so
much success, you give up. That’s the main problem with showbiz world.
Feel so sorry for young Jiah Khan’s suicide. Bold, Beautiful and Dead.
God Bless Her Soul.

from:  Khurram Shahzad
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 12:44 IST

This painful incident is an eye opener to those guys and their parents who blindly run after glamour. Every thing that glitters is not gold. Jiya Khan's sweet smile might be a zip to all sorrows in her life. May the soul rest in peace.

from:  Dimple
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 12:32 IST

It's really bad news for all Bollywood fans i am so sad.................and just say condolence to Jiah Khan.

from:  Mahesh Awasthi
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 10:31 IST

Sometimes we cant see the pain behind beautiful face and smile. She had so much of pain that she couldnt continue her life.
She shouldnt have done this. She was too young to give up.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 10:19 IST

very sad,she was a very good actress.i liked her perfomence

Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 10:15 IST

The Ugly face of Bollywood, the blues behind the glittering silver screen makes it way again.

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13 IST

This is really a sad news! I have not been a fan of her but I always
believed her to be talented. It feels really sad to know someone giving
up on life. Disheartenin! May her soul rest in peace!

from:  Karishma Sindhu
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 10:03 IST

I wonder what made her do it. I feel sorry for her family. She had a
bright future though she hadn't acted for quite a while. RIP !

from:  Shayne Haridas
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 09:12 IST

its very sad when someone takes his/her life by his/her own wish
.................... rip jiah khan !!!!!!!!!!!

from:  biswa
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 09:02 IST

So very sad. We all must be vigilant when our family members and friends are at their lowest. Everyone deserves a chance to live a happy life. May her journey be more peaceful from here.

from:  christopher p.
Posted on: Jun 4, 2013 at 08:41 IST
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