Death in Bollywood’s investigation into Jiah Khan’s tragic life took another twist in tonight’s episode amid claims she was assaulted numerous times throughout her life.
In the final episode, the sisters of Jiah – born Nafisa Rizvi Khan – said she was just 14 in London when a 28-year-old from ‘an extremely rich family’ wined and dined her before sleeping with her.
The unnamed man was found not guilty in court of rape when the defence successfully argued she was ‘in love with him’, and claimed she’d lied about her age.
When she moved from England to India to pursue a career in Bollywood at the age of 16, her family claims she was propositioned numerous times.
After landing a role in Ghajini, a remake of story Lolita, it was assumed, like the character, that Jiah was ‘bold’ and would have interests in older men.
It was also expected, according to a journalist who covered her career, that the actress ‘up the ante’ in any roles going forward.
Finally, her family – including mother Raddiya – claim producer Sajid Khan told her to remove her shirt and read out her lines in her bra, and also made advances towards her.
Khan was later named and accused of similar behaviour by several actresses during the MeToo movement, five years after Jiah’s death.
Khan fiercely denies all allegations made against him – in connection to the MeToo movement and to Jiah, who in June 2013 was found dead in her home.
The Mumbai Police and the Central Bureau of Investigations have launched several investigations into Jiah’s death and maintains the official ruling to be suicide.
Her mother insists that she did not commit suicide, and instead points the finger at her boyfriend, Sooraj Pancholi, also a Bollywood actor, for coercing her in an abusive relationship into suicide.
Pancholi denies the allegation and appears in the film, claiming she had a history of depression and self-harm, and that their break-up after a five-month relationship was what caused Jiah to take her life.
He is currently still on bail, charged with ‘abetment of suicide’, with the case still ongoing.
However, both agree that there was a mishandling of the case by the authorities, with several things failing to add up, including her missing tracksuit, which she was seen wearing less than two hours before her death on security cameras.
Death In Bollywood is available on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.