Jiah Khan was one of Indias rising film star. But at only 25 she used were dead in her familys suite. The question of whether it was suicide or assassination have already been pitted two of Bollywoods preceding houses against each other. Abigail Haworth investigates
On 3 June 2013, Jiah Khan planned to expend the evening at home in Mumbai binge-watching Game of Thrones . The 25 -year-old British Bollywood stellar wanted to stay awake to accost her youngest sister, Kavita, who was arriving at 3am on a flight from Heathrow. Jiah had been shopping that day and bought Kavita some golden jewellery. The sisters texted non-stop before the plane taken away from.” We bombarded one another with emojis ,” says Kavita.” We couldn’t wait to see each other .”
Rabbiya Khan, their father, left Jiah alone in the family’s accommodation in the affluent beach suburb of Juhu at around 9pm to have dinner with friends. At 9.37 pm she spoke to Jiah on her mobile.” I said the typical mummy-ish things about how she mustn’t forget to eat ,” says Rabbiya.” She needed to gain weight for a movie character. We laughed about how she could have any nutrient she missed. She resounded relax and happy .”
Less than 2 hours later Jiah was dead. Rabbiya returned home at 11.20 pm to find her daughter hanging from a ceiling devotee in the apartment’s spare bedroom. Her body was still heated. Rabbiya grabbed Jiah’s ankles to support her load while she hollered of providing assistance, but Jiah was gone. When Kavita’s flight landed in Mumbai her telephone started pinging “like crazy”, she says.” The first I knew of it was a voicemail from a casual acquaintance saying she was sorry about my sister’s death. Everything around me moved black .”
The next day mourners and Tv crews gathered in the overcast heat outside the apartment obstruct. Jiah had risen to fame playing a sexually uninhibited teen opposite playing lore Amitabh Bachchan in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd . The wavy-haired Londoner with a plummy accent had had farther success in two other movies.” Never ever seen a debutante actress with more spunk and more feel than Jiah when I was guiding her in Nishabd ,” tweeted filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma.
While the forensics squad was still working inside, local police told reporters the case was an self-evident suicide. A narrative risen based on every cliche about distressed starlets: she was depressed; her boyfriend had left her; she was struggling to compete in a ruthless industry that flourished on a rapid turnover of fresh, pretty faces. By midday, as more salutes appeared on social media, it was accepted gumption that” shocking Jiah Khan”( hashtag #gonetoosoon) had taken her own life.
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