The late actor’s mom reveals Jiah was making enough money and did not commit suicide out of work-related pressures
A week after Jiah Khan’s suicide, her mother Rabiya Khan aka Rabia Amin opened up about the reason behind her daughter’s death, claiming the drastic step was not due to the lack of assignments but due to her troubled relationship with her alleged boyfriend Suraj, son of actor Aditya Pancholi. “My point is to tell you the truth. It is being said that she was depressed and had no work, but it was not the case,” said Rabiya, who has three daughters – Jiah, Karishma and Kavita – at a press conference.
“She was attending at least three to four events a month. She was making money and was living comfortably in her house with two maids and even had a car and a driver. It was the insecurity that her love was not respected and recognised that was killing her day by day,” said Rabiya.
Bollywood actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan, who debuted opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd, committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai’s Juhu area June 3. She was 25.
“Jiah was a poetess…she had a diary in which she wrote all her poems. I wanted my daughters to recite them at prayer ceremony, but we couldn’t find the diary. I couldn’t get myself to touch Jiah’s things, so I told my daughter (Kavita) to look. She (Jiah) had a Prada wallet box and her sister found the letter in it,” said Rabiya.
All Jiah wanted was love, she added.
The letter, where Jiah had penned her troubled relationship with her Suraj, was found by her sister Kavita Saturday and was handed over to the police. Although the letter doesn’t mention any name but talks about the sorry state of Jiah’s relationship. “After all the pain, the rape, the abuse, the torture I have seen previously I didn’t deserve this. I didn’t see any love or commitment from you. I just became increasingly scared that you would hurt me mentally or physically….,” the letter said.
“I aborted our baby when it hurt me deeply. You promised me once we made it to one year we would get engaged. All you want in life is partying, your women and your selfish motives. All I wanted was you and my happiness you took both away from me,” the letter added.
Talking about the letter, Rabiya confessed that there were many things in it that she wasn’t aware of. “I knew about his (Suraj’s) abusing her and not respecting her and also about the presents and the Goa trip. But I found out other aspects, which were hurtful,” she said.
“The letter does not have a name, so who it is addressed to is something you can only ask Jiah. But because of the incidents in the past and what she told me, all of these things point out to Suraj Pancholi,” she said.
Talking about the things Jiah shared with her, she said that they had a detailed discussion about Jiah’s relationship with Suraj when she had visited her in London a few months back. “When she came to London during her birthday, I saw that she always had tears in her eyes. I asked her if this was regarding Suraj and she started crying…she said that he abuses her and shouts at her. When he drinks, he can’t handle himself,” Rabiya said.
“I asked her to lay off for a while. I told her that in a relationship space is the most important… She had tried to cut down, out of his 10 calls she used to answer just two. This was the time when I came to know about the nature of the boy,” she added.
Jiah had confided in her mother that Aditya was unhappy about his son’s relationship with her. “She said that ever since it came in the papers that Jiah and Suraj were dating, the father created a scene. He told him that Jiah was much elder to him, but Jiah told me that it was hardly a year. So Suraj was aware that his father didn’t like the relationship,” Rabiya said.
She also clarified that Aditya came to see Jiah’s body only after the police had come. “In my house, only Anju (Mahendroo) and her friend came. I called my family members…three to four families came. After three hours, Aditya came and Suraj didn’t even come. He must have got to know, but he never came,” she said.