MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, who made her debut starring opposite acting legend Amitabh Bachchan, died in an apparent suicide at her home in the Indian city of Mumbai, police said on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Khan, who grew up in London before moving to India for a career in Bollywood, was found dead in her home by her family, an officer said.

Police were interviewing her neighbours, the officer said, adding that no suicide note was found.

“We suspect she hung herself at her home” late on Monday, a police official told AFP, saying that her body has been sent for a post mortem.

Khan, who was born in New York before moving to London and then Mumbai, made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with the controversial film “Nishabd” (No words), playing the role of a teenager in love with her best friend's much older father, played by Bachchan.

The movie received average reviews because of its provocative storyline but Khan was praised for her bold acting.

Khan, who changed her name from Nafisa Khan, went on to star alongside actor Aamir Khan in “Ghajini”, a box-office hit.

India's film industry reacted with shock and sadness to the news, with actress Sonam Kapoor, a contemporary, tweeting: “Rip Jiah khan. Terrible tragedy.. Very very shocking and disturbing news.” ”Nobody should be in so much pain and a state of such hopelessness. I hope her soul finds some respite in death."

Bachchan, when contacted by AFP on Tuesday, only said: “Shocked and disturbed.”

Actress Bipasha Basu tweeted: “#Rip Jiah Khan! God bless her soul!

”Khan's latest film “Housefull” was a comedy released in 2010, which also starred Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

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kashaf sherwani
June 4, 2013 9:48 am

why did she do this ? if there were some personal issues she should believe the behind every problem there is a hidden solution.. why she ended up her life...this is not a way.. rest in peace jiah .. we will miss you <3 :'(

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
June 4, 2013 9:59 am

Those people have Benglaw, Mercedes, Bank Balance, Acting carrier everything that someone feels for it. Even they hanged himself only due to some personal problems. If I behaves like them then I might be hanged my self many times.

ankur singh
June 4, 2013 10:12 am

Never wish for anyone's death ok coz you dont know how you are going to die....Scary isnt it? May Jia's soul rest in peace. She was a great actor, very beautiful and so young. Also I would like to point out that never be proud of yourself. You are alive today but you dont know what's in store for you tomorrow huh??????. Keep praying hard coz Almighty is watching us all. One by one we will all depart. No one has got an everlasting life...

Harsh Bareja
June 4, 2013 10:59 am

rest in peace

June 4, 2013 11:12 am

" Bollywood actor Jiah Khan .. ". actor? or actress?

June 4, 2013 11:32 am

such a sad and unfortunate incident.Millions go through untold physical and psychological trauma all around the world today.However putting a noose round ur neck is. a weak man's illussion of a solution to the problem.May her soul rest in peace

Riju Kumar
June 4, 2013 1:03 pm

@Anees: We now use 'actor' for both male or female in English language . Refer Oxford Advanced English Learner's Dictionary . Oh yes , they won't provide you this in madarssa , sorry :p

June 4, 2013 1:54 pm

There is a reason behind it. Thats why she hanged out himself. If she was depressed then dr. Cn treat but she hanged herself.

June 4, 2013 3:06 pm

sad and shocked, RIP

June 4, 2013 3:48 pm

Rip her

June 4, 2013 4:38 pm

it is so sad that she died at young age, and suicide??? terrible, awful...we are people too busy to see what are our friends going is strong thing that hides everything..RIP Jiah Khan, will never forget you, you were and are one of my idols. thank You for Nishabd. May Allah Bless Your Soul.

June 4, 2013 6:42 pm

It's really pathetic to die a human being in a so early age, I feel sorrow!

Naeem Ayub
June 5, 2013 1:10 am

@Riju Kumar: Was your remark tongue in cheek? I think the madrassa remark was completely uncalled for! The reality is that there is a strong drive to make the term gender-free ( for the purposes of equality?) but strongly resisted in common spoken language. Awards are still given for "best actor" & "actress" which typifies the general feeling in the public.

June 5, 2013 7:19 am

@riju kumar Anees reference was to name's comment typical indian

June 5, 2013 10:38 am


Chaudry babar
June 5, 2013 1:23 pm


June 5, 2013 3:23 pm

@Riju Kumar: Please dont bring unrelated accusations and fights into this..

jameel arsh
June 6, 2013 8:00 am

missing a ton...:(

jameel arsh
June 6, 2013 8:03 am

missing alot:(

jameel arsh
June 6, 2013 8:11 am

why she cmitted to suicide? i want ans....:(

shekhar singh
June 6, 2013 11:56 am

she is very preety and beautiful : such a sad and unfortunate incident:May her soul rest in peace i miss you always

June 6, 2013 7:34 pm

@jameel arsh: becuse she loved someone

June 7, 2013 8:18 am

Must of felt lonely and at her wits end about how she was feeling to tragically take her life this way, may she rest in peace go with love and a sadnes from all who love you.

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