A failed love affair and acting career behind Jiah Khan's suicide

Zee Media Bureau

Mumbai: Actress Jiah Khan committed suicide at her Juhu residence on Monday night.

She was found hanging at her flat in Sagar Sangeet Building in the posh Juhu area of northwest Mumbai around midnight.

Jiah was dating Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj. She 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 yesterday, 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.

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.

News of her death was first reported by actress Dia Mirza through a social networking site around 1.45 a.m.

Jiah's mother and sister had gone out and she was alone at the house when the incident happened, police said.

"Jiah's mother and sister found her hanging when they returned at around 11 PM," police said, adding that Jiah used her own dupatta to hang herself.

Police said post-mortem of the body was conducted today and they have registered a case of accidental death. The preliminary post-mortem report of her body says that she died due to hanging herself.

According to Jiah's mother, the actress was depressed after having been rejected at an audition in Hyderabad. She wanted to pursue a career in interior designing as she wasn't happy with the way her film career graph was taking a plunge.

Jiah shot into the limelight in 2007 with her debut movie 'Nishabd' in which she starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

She got a Filmfare Best Debutant nomination for the Ram Gopal Varma movie in which she plays a teenager besotted with a man old enough to be her father.

Born and raised in London, Jiah, also known as Nafisa had shifted to India to pursue a career in acting. She worked in Aamir Khan’s ‘Ghajini’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Housefull’.

According to the police, Jiah ended her life at about 11 pm but did not leave any suicide note. Her mother Rabiya Amin, an actress in the 1980s was seen in the Tahir Hussain movie 'Dulha Bikta Hai'.

Here’s taking a look at Jiah’s last tweet dated 24 May:

“So sorry I have been off twitter! Took a bit of a break from twitter verse.. sometimes u need a sabbatical to recollect ur thoughts (sic).”

(With agency inputs)