Born: February 20, 1988
Birthplace : New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 3, 2013, Juhu, Mumbai
Height: 1.68 m
Jiah Khan made a sensational debut in Ram Gopal Verma ‘s Nishabdh opposite none other than Amitabh Bachchan in 2007. She was barely eighteen at that time but she made an impression with her skilled acting and sultry appearance. She was nominated in various awards for the best female debut award. Jiah shot into fame and she established herself as a alluring but talented girl. She shot a promotional number for the film “ Take Light” that was smoking hot.
Before RGV cast her in the film, Jiah was Nafisa Khan born in London and her mother Rabiya Khan was herself an actress in Bollywood. Jiah decided to pursue acting and joined a film institute in Manhattan. Before the completion of the course she was offered Nishabdh and the pretty girl flew to Mumbai to play Jia , a seventeen year old girl who is attracted to her friend’s father who is sixty years old. Shot in Darjling, the film is about love blooming between two individuals who are far different from each other in age and experience. The film did not work but critics were all praise for this youngster’s confidence that matched with that of Amitabh Bachchan. Jiah was said to be perfectly cast in the role that required sensuality as well as acting skills. Later Jiah remarked about the film that she was careful about the role as the subject was sensitive and required a mature handling lest it would go obscene.
The very next year, Jiah was cast in the Aamir Khan’s film Ghajini which was a crime thriller. Asin played the lead role but Jiah’s acting was also impressive. Jiah had an item number in the film “Lattu Lattu”. Her role of a confident and smart medical student brought her appreciation. This film was the highest grossing film of the year 2008.
Not much long after this in 2010, she was chosen for another sultry role in Sajid Khan’s film Houseful. The film had Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone , Rithiesh Deshmukh and Lara Dutta in lead and was a comedy. Jia played a small role of Akshay Kumar first’s wife before he meets his love Deepika. Jia donned a bikini in the film.
In what could be called as cruel fate this young talented girl ended her life in her Juhu flat in 2013. Her death created sensation and it was believed to be her depression over her sinking career. But investigation revealed that Jia ‘s apparent suicide came as a result of her heart break at the hands of her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi, who is the son of actor Aditya Pancholi and actress Zarina Wahab. Jia ‘s death and the investigations that followed was a highlight in the media and there