By Ayushi Sareen:
Jiah Khan, a 25-year-old actress, made her debut in 2007 opposite Amitabh Bachchan, in Ram Gopal Verma’s controversial film, Nishabd. She started very promisingly, also featuring in Aamir Khan’s Ghajini, the following year. But what happened then, that she saw suicide as the only way out?
The news of her death came as a shock to not only her close friends and co-actors in the film industry, but to the entire population of the country. The media was abuzz with this news. Here’s what happened to her:
The Times of IndiaÂ mentions:
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that 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.”
“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.”
The news of Jiah Khan’s death brought to light the sad saga of the deaths of many other actors, like, Guru Dutt, Divya Bharti, Silk Smitha, Nafisa Ali, Kuljeet Randhawa.
This is what the Twitterati said about this sad news:
So sad to see unhappiness and disappointment destroy a young life… Jiah Khan RIP.
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) June 4, 2013
#Bollywood is a dark, incestuous world, where insecurity can often be a fatal flaw. RIP, Jiah Khan.
— रanviर_ डhoरeय_ (@RanvirShorey) June 4, 2013
What she must've gone thru to take such a step we'll never know. May her soul rest in peace. #Jiah Khan
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) June 4, 2013
Shocked n saddened to hear about jiah khan … Very disturbing … RIP ….may her soul rest in peace
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 4, 2013
T 1128 -WHAT …!!! Jiah Khan ??? what has happened ? is this correct ? unbelievable !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 3, 2013
Everybody has the same thing to say- the glamour of the film industry and the stress that comes with it has been the reason for a lot many suicides of budding and upcoming actors. The question that arises here is, “Is Bollywood all that good? Is it fair to aspiring actors? Is this the real dirty picture of the film fraternity?”