Early Life of Jiah Khan
Jiah Khan was born on 20th February 1988 in a Muslim family in New York City. Her father was Ali Rizvi Khan who was an Indian American and her mother was Rabiya Amin, from Agra, Uttar Pradesh who was also a Hindi film actress in the 1980s. Jiah Khan was brought up in London and completed her Edexcel O and A Levels with five As. Afterwards she moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting. Urmila Matondkar in Ram Gopal Verma's movie Rangeela was her inspiration of entering the film world. Jiah Khan was trained in opera singing. At the age of sixteen, she had also recorded six pop tracks. She also studied from Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan but quitted the institute on receiving an offer from Bollywood. She was trained in different dance forms including Reggae, Samba, Jazz, Lambada, Kathak, Belly Dancing and Salsa.
Film Career of Jiah Khan
Film Career of Jiah Khan started acting at the age of nine when she acted as a child artist in Mani Ratnam's movie Dil Se in the year 1988 where she was featured with Preity Zinta, Manisha Koirala and Shahrukh Khan. At the age of 18, she was starred in Ram Gopal Verma's romantic thriller Nishabd opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Although the movie performed poorly at the box office, Jiah's performance was highly appreciated by the critics. The confidence with which she delivered her performance was identified as commendable. In the next year, she was starred in A.R. Murugadoss's psychological thriller Ghajini, along with Aamir Khan. The movie was a Hindi remake of a South Indian movie with the same title. The movie became the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2008. It also earned the all-time blockbuster status and her performance received mixed reviews. Her last movie was Sajid Khan's movie Housefull which was second movie became the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year. A few months before her death, she had signed one Bollywood and three South Indian movies.
Death of Jiah Khan
On 3rd June 2013, Jiah Khan committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Juhu residence in Mumbai. Her last ritual, Namaz-e-janaza, took place on 5th of June 2013 at Sonapur Kabar Walla Masjid. As per Islamic rites, Dhuhr prayer was performed after which she was buried at Juhu Muslim cemetery. On 7th of June, her sister had found a six page suicide note by Jiah Khan.
Filmography of Jiah Khan