Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) The “full of life” Nafisa alias Jiah Khan was “too young to go”, tweeted the “Nishabd” actress’ Bollywood colleagues, wondering what led the 25-year-old to take the extreme step of committing suicide.
The Britain-born actress was found hanging at her flat in Sagar Sangeet Building in the posh Juhu area of northwest Mumbai around midnight. The body of the actress was taken to the Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle Monday night and later shifted to J.J. Hospital in Byculla.
“The body was brought here last night. It has now been taken to the J.J. Hospital,” a source from the Cooper Hospital told IANS. However, he didn’t reveal why the body was moved.
Police are questioning her domestic help, security personnel and neighbours to ascertain what could have triggered the extreme step.
News of her death was first reported by actress Dia Mirza through a social networking site around 1.45 a.m.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan called the news “unbelievable”, while actress Dia Mirza, who was among the firsts to tweet about Jiah’s death, posted: “This is no way to go”.
Here’s what her friends and colleagues from showbiz posted on Twitter:
Amitabh Bachchan: WHAT …!!! Jiah Khan??? What has happened? Is this correct? Unbelievable!
Dia Mirza: I was too shocked to say more last night. This is NO WAY to go! Life is too precious. The worst phases pass. THEY DO. Never give up! #Jiah
Sonam Kapoor: 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.
Shruti Haasan: RIP Jiah Khan – so sad to hear this news this morning. May she find her happiness somewhere.
Anupam Kher: 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.
Riteish Deshmukh: Worked with Jiah in Housefull. She was full of life and had incredible sense of humour. She was a friend and will miss her. Am deeply saddened
Shahid Kapoor: Shocked and saddened to hear about Jiah Khan. Very disturbing.
Bipasha Basu: RIP Jiah Khan! God bless her soul!
Amrita Arora RIP Jiah khan… Too young too beautiful to be gone so soon!
Celina Jaitly: Cannot fathom what led her to such an unfortunate end…what must she be going through. Rest in peace in arms of God Jiah. Adieu!
Sonu Sood: Shocked by Jiah Khan’s news. Had met her recently, was full of life…too early to go. RIP.
Manoj Bajpayee: Its shocking to hear that a young one has commited suicide. May your soul rest in peace Jiah Khan! Too young to go.
Neha Dhupia: Shocked and saddened by the news. Gone way too soon. RIP Jiah Khan
Kunal Kohli: What she must’ve gone through to take such a step we’ll never know. May her soul rest in peace. Jiah Khan.
Aditi Rao Hydari: Very sad news about Jiah khan. Makes me feel vulnerable. It’s a strange world.
Rohit Roy: Woke up to the terribly sad news about Nafisa. Such a sweet girl. No age and surely no way to go.
Arshad Warsi: Shocked to hear about Jiah Khan, she was too young to give up on life.
Kunal Kapoor: So shocked and saddened by this terrible news!! May your soul find peace.
Minissha Lamba: Jiah Khan…. Peace be upon your beautiful soul
Jiah was depressed, scared about future: RGV
Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) Ram Gopal Varma, who gave Britain-born actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan a Bollywood launchpad with 2007 film “Nishabd”, is “shocked and chocked” over the news of her death. He says she was depressed about her career, and scared about her future as she had no work the past three years.
“The last time I met her, Jiah told me that everyone around her makes her feel like a failure,” Varma posted on his Twitter page, after hearing the news that the 25-year-old had committed suicide at her Juhu home here around midnight.
“Inspite of being highly appreciated in ‘Nishabd’ and being a part of hugely successful ‘Ghajini’ and ‘Housefull’, she had no work for the last three years. I don’t know the reason what led to this, but Jiah was very depressed about her career and scared for her future,” he added.
Varma said that he had “never ever seen a debutant actress with more spunk and more spirit than Jiah when I was directing her in ‘Nishabd'”.
“Nishabd” required Jiah to face the camera with a thespian like Amitabh Bachchan in an unusual love story between a 18-year-old and 60-year-old. And she did it with confidence.
The movie was controversial and not very well-received at the box office, but it made the industry sit up and take notice of the then 19-year-old girl Jiah, who left a lasting impression with her act of a free-spirited soul.
“So young and so pretty,” recalls Varma, adding: “Just can’t believe that someone as young and so full of life is just dead. No matter what her problem was, I just so wish she applied her on screen philosophy of ‘Nishabd’ to her own life which is to ‘Take Lite’.”