Actress Jiah Khan‘s suicide at her ‘Sagar Sangeet‘ residence in Juhu on Monday night came as a unexpected shock to the Industry.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Jiah was in a relationship with Suraj who is the son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab. The actress has gone into depression ever since she came to know about Suraj’s affair with another girl who supplies jewellery to his family.
On Monday, Both Jiah and Suraj spoke over phone a number of times and the last call was made at 10:53 pm which lasted for only 2 minutes. They even exchanged several text messages and Suraj even sent a bouquet which she didn’t accept. Post Mortem report shows the actress hanged herself between 11 pm to 11:30 pm.
On the other hand, Jiah wasn’t happy with her career too. Ever since she had gone for the audition to Hyderabad on June 2nd where she was advised to shed weight, the actress looked depressed.
Police took Suraj and his actor-father Aditya Pancholi into custody and questioned for about three-and-a-half hours on Tuesday.
Jiah Khan was depressed, Scared about future: Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma, who gave Britain-born actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan a Bollywood launchpad with 2007 film “Nishabd”, is “shocked and chocked” over the news of her death. He says she was depressed about her career, and scared about her future as she had no work the past three years.
“The last time I met her, Jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure,” Varma posted on his Twitter page, after hearing the news that the 25-year-old had committed suicide at her Juhu home here around midnight.
“Inspite of being highly appreciated in ‘Nishabd’ and being a part of hugely successful ‘Ghajini‘ and ‘Housefull’, she had no work for the last three years. I don’t know the reason what led to this, but Jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future,” he added.
Varma said that he had “never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in ‘Nishabd'”.
“Nishabd” required Jiah to face the camera with a thespian like Amitabh Bachchan in an unusual love story between a 18-year-old and 60-year-old. And she did it with confidence.
The movie was controversial and not very well-received at the box office, but it made the industry sit up and take notice of the then 19-year-old girl Jiah, who left a lasting impression with her act of a free-spirited soul.
“So young and so pretty,” recalls Varma, adding: “Just can’t believe that someone as young and so full of life is just dead. No matter what her problem was, I just so wish she applied her on screen philosophy of ‘Nishabd’ to her own life which is to ‘Take Lite’.”