When with Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Nishabd’ Jiah Khan entered the Hindi film industry, she was a girl who probably every struggling actress would have envied. For the fact that Jiah was seen in a debut across megastar Amitabh Bachchan… and with such an impressive mark as Jiah had been able to make with her performance, the trajectory of her career seemed only few years away from touching the sky. However, depression drove the actress to take her own life. On June 3, 2013, Jiah was found hanging at her residence in Juhu, Mumbai.
‘He is 60. She is 18. Some love stories are never meant to be understood.’ So ran the tag line of Ram Gopal Varma’s shocking film ‘Nishabd’. Back in 2007, RGV’s handiwork left several people shocked and many other grappling with words. Jiah Khan was noted for her raw sex appeal, her prettiness and her praiseworthy acting.
After ‘Nishabd’, Jiah Khan was seen in a supporting role alongside Aamir Khan and Asin in ‘Ghajini’. The actress played an innocent medical student who, in a twist of events, gets involved in the life of a business tycoon suffering from short term amnesia. Jiah’s performance in the film was noted and appreciated.
In 2010, Jiah Khan was seen across another superstar of the Hindi film industry – Akshay Kumar. In ‘Housefull’, the actress garnered mostly positive responses for her role.
Association with PETA
Jiah Khan had been associated with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and was an ambassador for the same. With her campaign, the actress had been successful in helping ban glass coated manja for kite flying that is responsible for killing and decapitating thousands of birds each year at the kite flying festival in India. Khan had also been associated with a campaign for the banning of the killing of stray dogs by leading a debate and walk to save the dogs in Mumbai.