On June 3 2013, Nishabh actress Jiah Khan was found dead in her apartment in Mumbai. She committed suicide and the reason for it is yet not known. While some reports suggest that she was in depression due to lack of work, other reports claimed that she took the step because of her failed relationship with Sooraj Pancholi. The son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab was taken into police custody in relation to her suicide and was later granted bail. A trial that began in 2013 is still underway and a judgement is yet to be made.
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Today I complete 28 years of my life. I want to take up this moment to share a few thoughts that have been in my heart for a while. I wanted to wait to speak out until the case ended, but it’s taken longer than expected. I don’t know where to start from. It is difficult to express some feelings when so many people, so many emotions are involved. First, I want to thank those who have stood by me like a pillar of strength. It has been a long journey that started when I was still trying to understand life. I have been fighting the case in court for the last 6 years, with patience and respect, waiting for the trial to be completed. In this process I have been called a murderer, a criminal, an abuser and so much worse. I read these things about me almost every single day. And my heartfelt effort has always been to be strong, respectful and ignore it. But they still fill my and my loved ones’ heart with so much sadness. I don’t blame the people who call me names, because that’s how i have been portrayed in public, but i’m not the monster that has been portrayed in headlines. I know how easy it is to think the worst of someone and accuse them but it is exceptionally hard to prove myself innocent as there’s a procedure that we need to follow. A procedure that has taken long enough that i have been made to feel guilty without even being given a fair chance to prove my innocence. There have been accusations and assumptions but there has been no validation. But, this is not about what others say. This is about how I feel. For as long as I can remember, my dream has always been to make my parents proud. I have always tried to be a good son to them. In the last 6 years, I’ve tried harder everyday to achieve this dream and to be positive. So today, I am praying with my heart that our family can move forward, that the trial can come to a fair end and that I can give back all the love, support and strength I have received from so many of you. Thank you to all of you who constantly send positivity my way. You may not know it, but every single one of your prayers has helped.
While the case has been going for the last five and a half years, Sooraj has never spoken about the incident. Not until now. But on his 28th birthday (November 9), the actor took to Instagram to share a post in which he has spoken about the case. In his rather lengthy post, he stated that he is not a monster as was being portrayed. He added that he prays the trial comes to a fair end.
Sooraj made his Bollywood debut with a Salman Khan Production film titled Hero in 2015. The actor will next be seen in Time to Dance which marks Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif’s Bollywood debut. As the title suggests, it’s a dance based film and Sooraj has already proved his mettle as a dancer in the film Hero.