Young actress Jiah Khan, apparently committed suicide by hanging herself, with the police claiming she was heartbroken after a failed relationship with Sooraj Pancholi, the son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, which possibly drove her to take the step at her home on Monday night.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that she was in a relationship with Sooraj, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab for nearly a year. Jiah was said to be under depression after coming to know of Sooraj’s new love interest, who supplied jewellery to the Pancholis.
Investigators said the actress, who made her dream debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma’s 2007 film Nishabd, prima facie took her life due to her strained relationship with Suraj, a student at an acting institute.
Suraj and Jiah spoke over telephone a number of times on Monday (June 3), with the last call being made at 22.53 PM which lasted for two minutes. Soon thereafter, Jiah hanged herself.
Post mortem examination revealed the incident took place between 11 pm and 11.30 pm, sources said.
“Jiah was said to be very possessive about Suraj. Last night they exchanged text messages on their cell phones. Suraj also sent her a bouquet which she did not accept,” they said.
Jiah was also said to be unhappy about her career in Bollywood as she had been out of work for quite some time. She had told her mother that she wanted to take up interior designing as a profession besides acting in Bollywood.
Her mother Razia Khan told the police that Jiah had gone to Hyderabad on June 2 for an audition which did not go off well. The actor, she told the police, was advised to shed weight.
Both Aditya and Suraj Pancholi were questioned by the police in connection with the case for nearly three-and-a-half hours and would be called again if necessary.
With her demise Jiah joined the long list of tinsel town celebrities whose sudden death shocked and saddened the industry–from Guru Dutt, one of the legends of Hindi cinema, to glamorous Parveen Babi, to southern siren Silk Smitha, whose life inspired Vidya Balan’s hugely successful film ‘Dirty Picture’.