Bollywood's young, sultry beauty Jiah Khan committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai's Juhu area, on Monday night. As per reports, the 25-year-old actress was found hanging at her flat in Sagar Sangeet Building in the posh Juhu area of northwest Mumbai around midnight.
It is said that Jiah's mother and sister were out, when Jiah, who was all alone in her house had taken the extreme step. The news of her death was first reported by actress Dia Mirza through a social networking site around 1.45 am. Jiah Khan was considered as one of the youngest and most promising actresses of Bollywood.
Jiah Khan was born in New York, and she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, though she quit upon receiving a movie offer. Khan made her debut with the controversial movie Nishabd, that featured Amitabh Bachchan in the leads. The film was released in March 2007 to mixed reviews. Khan was noted for her confidence, attitude and sex appeal. She also got a "Filmfare Best Debutant" nomination for her performance.
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Jiah's real name is Nafisa Khan. "Yes, I had changed my name to Jiah when I was 16. But now I want to be myself, so I am back to my real name. I was always Nafisa Khan. My family and friends call me Nafisa and I am used to it," Jiah once said.
Rumours were rife that Jiah Khan was Aamir Khan's sister, to which the actress reacted, "This is completely untrue and utter rubbish. To be frank I don't know much about my father and I have never asked my mother about him. All I know is that he was an American."
Jiah Khan's Father
During an interview, Jiah Khan had revealed her strained relationship with her father, who had supposedly deserted them. "I attach very little importance to my father. He's an American Indian Muslim. He left my mother when I was three months old. I know his name - Ali Rizvi Khan - I even know where he lives in New York. He has never bothered to meet me, neither have I," Jiah had once said.
Jiah Khan's Boyfriend
Jiah Khan had a secret boyfriend, who resided in London. "Like any other teenager would have a boyfriend, I too have one. What's the big deal?" Jia had revealed.
Unknwon Fact About Jia Khan
Jiah was also cast opposite Shahid Kapoor in Chance Pe Dance and shot a large portion of the film before being replaced by Genelia D'Souza.
Jiah's mother Rabia Amin
Jiah's mother Rabia Amin had acted in films like Dulha Bikta Hai, Ankush, Locket, Vijay Anand's Hum Rahe Na Hum and Subhash Ghai's Meri Jung in a special appearance with Anil Kapoor.
A 16 year old Khan was to debut in Mukesh Bhatt's Tumsa Nahin Dekha, but backed out when she felt the role was too mature for her and was immediately replaced by Dia Mirza.
Jiah Khan Suicide
It has also been reported that before Jiah committed, she made a last call to her boyfriend. Says Kamaal R Khan, "Jiah Khan spoke with her boyfriend at 11 PM n then she committed suicide. I don't have words to explain my sadness. How can you do this yar? When you love someone from deep heart, then you don't feel to live without him and Jiah Khan was very emotional girl, so same thing happened with her."
Jiah Khan Campaign
Jiah Khan had also taken up the cause of tiger conservation. She had also shot a docu-drama based on the same.
Jiah Khan Wanted To Quit Bollywood
After Khan's death, her mother revealed that Jiah wanted to quit Bollywood as her career was sinking and she was very upset about it.