Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bollywood actress 'Jiah Khan' Commits Sucide at her Mumbai home after telling friends: Everyone believes I am a failure

Nafisa Khan, also known as Jiya Khan ‎‏, was a British-Indian actress who appeared in Bollywood movies. She is mostly known for her role in the 2008 film Ghajini. She changed her name to Jiah Khan before making her film debut in Nishabd in 2007

Tragedy: Jiah is thought to have hanged herself at home in Mumbai when her mother and sister went out for a walk

Fame is a toxic addiction - a cocktail of wealth and popularity that goads you to climb higher and higher up the showbiz ladder. If you know how to ruthlessly keep climbing, you become a demi-god. If you don't, it often leaves your emotions and self-esteem in a shambles. Jiah Khan didn't, and she paid for it with her life.

Jiah, 25, was found hanged at her upscale residence in Juhu, Mumbai, on Monday night. Sources close to the three-film-old starlet said she had recently been depressed over personal issues.

On Tuesday, following confirmation of her suicide, cops took to questioning actor Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj, who was reportedly dating Jiah for a while. It is not yet clear if Jiah's suicide is an outcome of a failed romance or of being rejected in a recent audition for a Telugu film (she has had no new film in hand since Sajid Khan's Housefull, her last release in 2010).

The answer could be both, going by a line Ram Gopal Varma tweeted.

"The last time I met her, Jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure," wrote RGV, who introduced her in his 2007 film, Nishabd.

Bad memories

As Bollywood took to Twitter to express its shock for most of the Tuesday, uncomfortable memories of many other such untimely deaths driven by a destructive streak started trickling into every mind.

Jiah, whose real name was Nafisa, is not the first young female celebrity strained by the pressure of balancing professional dazzle with a collapsing personal life. In the recent past we have had models Nafisa Joseph and Viveka Babajee, and TV actress Kuljeet Randhawa as examples.
Jiah made her 2007 debut alongside Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd, a desi version of Lolita
Jiah was cast as a medical student in 2008 film Ghajini, which starred Aamir Khan
Tamil sex bomb Silk Smitha's downfall on the path of self-destruction was brought alive brilliantly on screen by Vidya Balan in Milan Luthria's The Dirty Picture. Parveen Babi's body was discovered in her flat three days after she died, with gangrene on the left foot owing to a neglected diabetic condition. A post-mortem revealed she had had an empty stomach for several days and may have starved to death.
Divya Bharti fell to her death from a high-rise under mysterious circumstances in 1993. While most believe it was an accident, many claim she committed suicide after an altercation with husband Sajid Nadiadwala. Far-fetched theories also suggest murder because the actress had reportedly riled the underworld.

All these women, like Jiah, were too young to die. Nafisa was 26, Viveka was 36, Kuljeet was 30, Silk Smitha was 35 and Divya was only 19.

"Celebrities have a higher level of amplitude between good and bad work days than regular people," reasoned leading psychiatrist Samir Parikh, on what causes vulnerable celebs like Jiah to snap.

"One hit and people are running after you for autographs; four flops and no one notices you. Hopelessness, worthlessness and helplessness therefore get augmented for celebrities. Their mistakes are glorified and personalities routinely degraded because they are always in the limelight."
At the scene: Police outside the Mumbai home where the actress was found dead
"Depression owing to failed romance or a career not going right is common among women in showbiz. Nothing is ever consistent in their professional and personal lives. It creates a kind of stress that can go beyond control. Also, there is an inherent difference in the ways men and women handle failure. Men tend to look for excuses. Women blame themselves," says Prahlad Kakkar, image-consultant and ad guru who has closely observed the showbiz world for decades.

For Jiah, the self-blame of rejection in love and work was clearly too strong to handle.

Pancholi's trail of controversies

For many, Aditya Pancholi is famous more for the trouble he attracts than for his films

Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi, who son Jiah reportedly dated, is known more for controversies than films. His first brush with controversy was when actress Pooja Bedi dumped him after he allegedly raped her maid. Pooja, however, did not file any complaint. 

Pancholi again made headlines when actor Anil Kapoor complained to the police about calls from the underworld threatening him to not accept a role in the 1995 film Trimurti.
Police investigations found that it was Pancholi who was making the calls, because he wanted the role Anil was offered. When Kapoor learnt it was Pancholi he took his complaint back.
Pancholi once again hogged the limelight after he and girlfriend Kangna Ranaut had several public bust-ups. One of them even involved the actor chasing and hitting Kangna publicly.

'She was depressed'

Investigation has been launched into the death of actress Jiah Khan, whose body was found hanging at her Juhu residence on Monday night. Prima facie, police are claiming it to be a case of suicide. Police officers said Jiah, who was staying with her mother and sister at their flat in Sagar Sangeet building, was suffering from depression.
She reportedly hung herself around 10.55pm when her mother and sister went out for a walk. The actress did not leave a suicide note.
Police officers said Jiah was in a relationship with actor Aditya Pancholi's son Sooraj. They have found text messages which suggest Jiah suspected that Suraj was cheating on her. In her last message, Jiah asked Sooraj why he was dating other women, to which he replied that she had misunderstood things and that he was not dating anyone.

Jiah made her last call to Sooraj at 10.53pm, minutes before she decided to hang herself. Police on Tuesday called him to questioning on why Jiah could have committed suicide.

Jiah's mother told the police that her daughter was depressed about her career and her love life, which had of late hit a rough patch.
Members of Jiha's family supported each other outside JJ Hospital as news of her death broke
"She was not getting many offers since she acted in Nishabd and Ghajini. She played a small part in Housefull, which was her last film. She auditioned for a Telugu movie on June 2 but did not land the role. This could have depressed her more," a police officer said.

Jiah's mother said she had not got a film offer in almost three years and was planning to quit the industry and start working as an interior designer.

Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil said the police called Sooraj for questioning as Jiah made the last phone call to him.

Jiah's body was taken to JJ Hospital for a post-mortem. Dean of JJ Hospital, Dr T.P. Lahane, confirmed the post-mortem is underway.
Farewell: 2010's Housefull, in which Jiah had a small role, was her last film role

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