Jiah Khan Suicide, Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead at her home in Mumbai in an apparent suicide, police said on Tuesday.
Khan, 25, was found hanged in her room at 11:30 p.m. Monday by her mother when she returned home, a Mumbai police official said at a news conference at the scene.
There were ligature marks on her neck consistent with hanging, the official said at the scene. She used a dupatta, or scarf, to hang herself, and there was no suicide note, the official said.
Police on Tuesday questioned her boyfriend, aspiring actor Suraj Pancholi, sources told the Times of India. He had spoken to her by telephone within an hour of her death, they said.
Khan made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Ram Gopal Varma’s Nishabd, playing the 18-year-old female lead opposite one of India’s leading actors, Amitabh Bachchan, in a film loosely based on Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel Lolita.
After that, the Indian television station NDTV described her as “Bollywood’s next big thing” but said few roles came her way.
She had filmed much of one movie before being replaced but recently had signed multi-picture deals with two studios, NDTV reported.
“She has now signed a Hollywood project . . . details to be released soon,” her website said.
Her website also listed the causes to which she was devoted, among them UNICEF and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She also worked to ban glass lines at kite-flying festivals, which were lethal to birds.
“Never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when i was directing her in Nishabd,” filmmaker Varma wrote on Twitter.
“I dont know the reason what led to this but jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future,” he said in another tweet.
“She had no work for the last 3 years.”
Actor Shahid Kapoor wrote on Twitter: “Shocked n saddened to hear about jiah khan . . . Very disturbing . . . RIP . . . may her soul rest in peace.”
Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London.
Nishabd received mixed reviews and did not do well at the Bollywood box office, but Khan went on to play supporting roles in two blockbusters, the psychological thriller Ghajini in 2008 and the comedy Housefull in 2010.