Calling her "full of life" and "high-spirited", Bollywood celebrities mourned the death of young actress Jia Khan. Jiah, 25, whose real name is Nafisa Khan, was found hanging at her residence at around 11 pm last night.
The actress made her acting debut with Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd opposite Amitabh Bachchan in March 2007.
"What!!! Jiah Khan ??? what has happened ? is this correct ? unbelievable !!!," tweeted a shocked Bachchan. Filmmaker Varma called Jiah a girl with "spunk and spirit".
"Never ever seen a debutante actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in Nishabd. The whole unit of Nishabd was literally in love with Jiah. No matter what her problem was I just so wish she applied her on-screen philosophy of
Nishabd to her own life. Shocked and choked to hear about Jiah," Varma tweeted.
The British-Indian actress was later seen opposite Aamir Khan in Ghajini and Akshay Kumar in Housefull. She had been missing from the big screen for a while now.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who worked with Jia in Housefull, said, "Nothing worse than waking up to a bad news- shocked n dumb struck- RIP Jiah. She was full of life and had incredible sense of humour. She was a friend n will miss her. Am deeply saddened."
"Jiah Khan was full of life when I worked with her long time back. So sad that something drove her to take this extreme step. RIP," tweeted Anupam Kher who had also worked with the actress.
Actor Shahid Kapoor, said, "Shocked and saddened to hear about Jiah Khan... Very disturbing. RIP... May her soul rest in peace."
"Life has to be experienced and lived! It's a limitless ocean, have to swim through it,and not let it drown you! Rip Jiah Khan!God bless her soul," Bipasha Basu tweeted.
Sonam Kapoor expressed her condolences on Twitter. "Rip Jiah khan. Terrible tragedy.. Very very shocking and disturbing news.. Nobody should be in so much pain and a state of such hopelessness. I hope her soul finds some respite in death."
Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan wrote, "CAN'T register that jiah is no more..worked with her in Housefull n she was so beautiful n such a good soul.2 young 2 go jiah."