Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead at her residence in Mumbai’s Juhu on Monday night, police said.
The 25-year old allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself. Her maid, watchman, and neighbours are being interrogated to find out her last visitors.
Jiah began her short-live Bollywood career in Ram Gopal Varma’s controversial movie, ‘Nishabd’, where she acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Upon its release in March 2007, the film received mixed reviews, but Jiah was noted for her confidence, attitude, and sex appeal.
She also got a Filmfare nomination for Best Debutant.
She then appeared alongside Aamir Khan in A R Murugadoss’s ‘Ghajini’, the Hindi remake of the director’s own Tamil film of the same name.
Later she appeared as a supporting actress in Sajid Khan’s multi-starrer comedy film ‘Housefull’ (2010). This was her last film.
Jiah was brought up in England and had shifted to Mumbai recently to act in Hindi films.
Actor Dia Mirza reportedly broke the news of Jiah’s death on micro blogging site Twitter.
Bollywood mourns Jia Khan’s untimely death
Calling her ‘full of life’ and ‘high-spirited’, Bollywood celebrities expressed their grief and shock over the death of young actress Jia Khan.
Jia, 25, whose real name is Nafisa Khan, was found hanging at her residence at around 11 pm on Monday night.
The actress made her acting debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Nishabd’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan in March 2007.
“What!!! Jiah Khan ??? what has happened ? is this correct ? unbelievable !!!,” tweeted a shocked Bachchan.
Filmmaker Varma called Jia a girl with ‘spunk and spirit’.
“Never ever seen a debutante actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in ‘Nishabd’. The whole unit of ‘Nishabd’ was literally in love with Jiah.
“No matter what her problem was I just so wish she applied her on-screen philosophy of ‘Nishabd’ to her own life. Shocked and choked to hear about Jiah,” Varma tweeted.
The British-Indian actress was later seen opposite Aamir Khan in Ghajini and Akshay Kumar in Housefull. She had been missing from the big screen for a while now.
Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who worked with Jia in Housefull, said, “Nothing worse than waking up to a bad news- shocked n dumb struck- RIP Jiah. She was full of life and had incredible sense of humour. She was a friend n will miss her. Am deeply saddened.”
“Jiah Khan was full of life when I worked with her long time back. So sad that something drove her to take this extreme step. RIP,” tweeted Anupam Kher who had also worked with the actress.
Actor Shahid Kapoor, said, “Shocked and saddened to hear about Jiah Khan… Very disturbing. RIP… May her soul rest in peace.”
“Life has to be experienced and lived!It’s a limitless ocean, have to swim through it,and not let it drown you! Rip Jiah Khan!God bless her soul,” Bipasha Basu tweeted.”
“Rip Jiah khan. Terrible tragedy.. Very very shocking and disturbing news,” added Sonam Kapoor.
Filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan tweeted, “Can’t register that Jiah is no more… Worked with her in
‘Housefull’ and she was so beautiful n such a good soul. Too young to go Jiah.”
Filmmaker Kunal Kohli said, “What she must’ve gone through to take such a step we’ll never know. May her soul rest in peace.”
“Shocked to hear about Jiah Khan, she was too young to give up on life. RIP,” said Arshad Warsi.
Actress Dia Mirza posted on her Twitter page, “RIP Nafisa(Jiah) Khan. You were too young and beautiful. This is no way to go! Life is too precious. The worst phases pass. They do. Never give up!.”
“Shocked and saddened by the news. Gone way too soon. RIP Jiah Khan,” added Neha Dhupia.
(With inputs from Agencies)
Jiah Khan commits suicide in Mumbai