Bollywood star dead in apparent suicide
BOLLYWOOD actress Jiah Khan, who made her debut starring opposite acting legend Amitabh Bachchan, died in an apparent suicide at her home in the Indian city of Mumbai, police said yesterday.
The 25-year-old Khan, who grew up in London and moved to Mumbai for a career in Bollywood, was found dead in her home by her family, an officer said.
The police were interviewing her neighbours, the officer said, adding that no suicide note was found.
"We suspect she hanged herself at her home" late on Monday, a police official told AFP, saying that her body has been sent for a post-mortem.
The New York-born actress made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with the controversial film Nishabd (No Words), playing the role of a teenager in love with her best friend's much older father, played by Bachchan.
The movie received average reviews because of its provocative storyline, but Khan was praised for her bold acting.
The actress, who changed her name from Nafisa Khan, went on to star alongside actor Aamir Khan in Ghajini, a box-office hit.
India's film industry reacted with shock and sadness to the news. Actress Sonam Kapoor tweeted: "RIP Jiah khan. 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. #RIPjiahkhan."
Bachchan, when contacted by AFP yesterday, only said: "Shocked and disturbed."
Actress Bipasha Basu tweeted: "#RIP Jiah Khan! God bless her soul!"
Khan's latest film, Housefull, was a comedy released in 2010, which also starred Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.