Jiah Khan: Besotted with Bollywood, heartbroken in love
On her Twitter profile, Nafisa Khan (alias Jiah) described herself as an actor, poet, singer, musician and dreamer and said she is someone who sees life through her "rose coloured glasses".
However, despite her claim of seeing the world through those rose-tinted glasses, it seems from her tragic suicide that the actress was deeply-affected by the harsh realities that Bollywood hurled at her.
In fact, if some B-town celebs are to be believed, her failure to make a mark as an actress distressed her so much that she ended her life by hanging herself with a dupatta on the night of 3 June at her Juhu residence in Mumbai.
While her failing career has been cited as one of the main causes for her suicide, police investigators have also noted her strained relationship with Suraj Pancholi, son of actor Aditya Pancholi. There is speculation that their troubled relationship may have pushed the actress to take that drastic last step. According to Mumbai Mirror, in the last two messages Khan exchanged with Pancholi, she asked why he was "becoming cold" towards her and inquired about his increasing closeness with another woman identified as "Neelu".
Pancholi has brushed off these allegations and noted that he sent her flowers, but perhaps the gesture wasn't enough to convince the actress. We know that Khan refused to accept the bouquet and hurled it back to the messenger.
After hearing about Khan's suicide, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who launched Khan in his 2007 film Nishabd, posted on his Twitter page, "The last time I met her, Jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure.”
“In spite 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," wrote Varma. "I don’t know the reason what led to this, but Jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future.”
Khan was known to set very high standards for herself and she did not want to compromise. Money was not a deciding factor for her; she just wanted a good role. When she failed to bag significant roles after her debut film, she went back to New York to complete the acting course at Lee Strasberg institute that she had left midway to join Bollywood.
It was not that after Nishabd and Ghajini she wasn't offered any films. But, she rarely found anything good enough and hence kept rejecting them. Khan was determined to be taken seriously as an actress and the fact that Bollywood wasn't offering her opportunities to showcase her acting disturbed her immensely.
Her mother, blogger and documentary filmmaker Razia Khan, told the police that the day before Jiah committed suicide she had gone to Hyderabad for an audition which did not go well. Khan revealed that the actress was advised to shed weight.
Khan's mother told the police in her statement, "She (Jiah) was fed up with the struggle... she was besotted with Bollywood, but Bollywood had nothing to offer her."
Khan left no suicide note.
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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2013 09:19:08 IST