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Failed love affair drove actress Jiah Khan to suicide: Police

Young actress Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide last night by hanging herself, with the police claiming a failed relationship with the son of an actor couple drove her to the extreme step. Jiah Khan, a life cut short by ficklenss of fame?

bollywood Updated: Jun 04, 2013 21:01 IST
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Young actress Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide last night by hanging herself, with the police claiming a failed relationship with the son of an actor couple drove her to the extreme step.

Twenty-five-year-old Jiah's body was found hanging at her 'Sagar Sangeet' residence in Juhu at around 11pm, where she lived with mother and sister who were not present when she ended her life.

Jiah made her dream debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma's 2007 film 'Nishabd'.

The police said, prima facie, it appears she was in a relationship with Suraj, 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 Suraj's new love interest, who supplied jewellery to the Pancholis.

Suraj and Jiah spoke over telephone a number of times on Monday, with the last call being made at 22.53pm, which lasted for two minutes. Soon thereafter, Jiah hanged herself.

Jiah was also said to be unhappy about her career in Bollywood as she was out of job 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 Suraj and Aditya were questioned by the police in connection with the case for nearly three-and-a-half hours and would be called again if necessary.


Saturday morning, June 1: Jiah Khan leaves for Hyderabad to audition for a Tamil film. However, she is turned down and the casting directors tell her she is too underweight for the role

Around 7pm: Jiah returns to Mumbai. Sources said she was upset and told her mother that her career in the film industry was going nowhere and she was contemplating becoming an interior designer

Around 9pm: Jiah goes to her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi's residence at Gandhigram Road in Juhu, Vile Parle (West). She stays at his house for the night and the following day

Sunday, June 2, around 9pm: Jiah and Sooraj have dinner at a Juhu-based five-star hotel, following which he drops her home at Sagar Sangeet building in Juhu

Monday, June 3: Jiah and Sooraj exchange several calls and text messages on the day she killed herself. Police said at least 10 calls, each lasting for over two minutes, are made between the two, apart from seven to eight text messages

Around 7pm: Jiah tells Sooraj over the phone that she has bagged roles in three films

Around 8.45pm: Sooraj sends a congratulatory bouquet to her residence, which is delivered by his help Deva

Around 9pm: After Sooraj does not respond to her calls, Jiah sends him a text message: "Why are you so cold?" Sooraj replies saying he is busy with work. Jiah then expresses suspicion that he is dating another woman, to which Sooraj replies that she is misunderstanding him. The police on Tuesday said that the woman who Jiah suspected is Sooraj’s jeweller.

Around 9.15pm: Jiah goes to the watchman of her building, gives him the bouquet asking him to throw it, and returns to her apartment

Around 9.30pm: Jiah goes to Sooraj's residence and calls him from outside, but he does not answer. She then calls Deva, who says Sooraj is busy as he is talking to his father, actor Aditya Pancholi

Around 9.50pm: Jiah returns to her apartment

10.53pm: Jiah calls Sooraj and has a two-minute-long conversation with him

11.07pm: She messages him saying if things continue the way they are, she will return to London

Between 11.07pm and 11.22pm: Sooraj sends Jiah three messages requesting her to call him, but she does not respond

11.23pm: Jiah's mother Rabea returns home and finds her hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom.

First Published: Jun 04, 2013 20:56 IST