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Jiah Khan.—File Photo.
Jiah Khan.—File Photo.

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.

Comments (23) Closed

kashaf sherwani Jun 04, 2013 09:48am

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 Jun 04, 2013 09:59am

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 Jun 04, 2013 10:12am

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 Jun 04, 2013 10:59am

rest in peace

Anees Jun 04, 2013 11:12am

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

sowini Jun 04, 2013 11:32am

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 Jun 04, 2013 01:03pm

@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

Name Jun 04, 2013 01:54pm

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

asif Jun 04, 2013 03:06pm

sad and shocked, RIP

Earnest Jun 04, 2013 03:48pm

Rip her

Gracy Jun 04, 2013 04:38pm

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.

Taheera Jun 04, 2013 06:42pm

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

Naeem Ayub Jun 05, 2013 01:10am

@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.

wahab Jun 05, 2013 07:19am

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

AYAZ Jun 05, 2013 10:38am


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NS Jun 05, 2013 03:23pm

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

jameel arsh Jun 06, 2013 08:00am

missing a ton...:(

jameel arsh Jun 06, 2013 08:03am

missing alot:(

jameel arsh Jun 06, 2013 08:11am

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

shekhar singh Jun 06, 2013 11:56am

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

neha Jun 06, 2013 07:34pm

@jameel arsh: becuse she loved someone

Tess Jun 07, 2013 08:18am

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.