Saturday 21 October 2017

Boyfriend held over actress suicide

Bollywood actress Jian Khan died at her home in Mumbai last week (AP)
Bollywood actress Jian Khan died at her home in Mumbai last week (AP)

The son of a Bollywood couple has been arrested on suspicion of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan, Indian police have said.

Officer D Deokar said Suraj Pancholi, who was arrested late on Monday, had been Khan's boyfriend.

Mr Deokar confirmed that Khan committed suicide at her home in Mumbai last week. A letter she wrote alleges that Pancholi cheated on her, physically abused her and forced her to have an abortion. Police authenticated the letter and Indian media have published it.

Pancholi's parents are Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, who have both had Bollywood acting careers.

Khan began her career in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend's father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. She also performed with other top stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.

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