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    Sooraj Pancholi Reveals How Jiah Khan's Death Changed Him

    By Vinod D'souza
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    Sooraj Pancholi was the sweetheart of Jiah Khan, whom she loved so much before tragically taking her own life. It's been two years now and Sooraj explains how Jiah's death hurt him and changed him as a person. The actor says,

    "Back then, I didn't get to meet the media much or talk to them and explain my point of view to them. I know people will be asking me a lot about all this now and I am very comfortable answering all of it," he said.

    Sooraj Pancholi Jiah Khan| Sooraj Pancholi Hero| Sooraj Pancholi Athiya Shetty| Hero

    The Hero movie debut actor recalls while talking to a popular tabloid as saying, "I did not feel bad when the media, the people thought of me in a certain way. It didn't matter to me then. I was reeling from the fact that I had lost Nafisa (Jiah's other name). Nothing else mattered that time."

    Sooraj Pancholi says Jiah Khan's death changed his whole life in a lot of ways, "I have grown closer to my parents. I don't want to let them down and I always want to do something to make them proud."

    The actor admits that Jiah would have been very happy to see him making his debut if she was alive, "I am sure she must have been happy seeing me on screen too."

    When asked does he feel guilty whenever Jiah's name is associated with him, Sooraj says,

    No, you cannot ignore that. For my entire lifetime, my name will be attached to her and I am comfortable with that. I don't have any guilt within me. I loved her and now that she's no more, why should I mind my name being attached to her?"

    Sooraj Pancholi says Salman Khan helped him mentally during the turmoil and stood tall beside him. Hero also stars Athiya Shetty, the daugher of Suniel Shetty and is directed by Nikhil Advani.

    Hero is slated to be released on September 11, 2015.

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