Saturday, 15 June 2013

Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan (20 February 1988 – 2 June 2013), born as Nafisa Khan‏, was an American born British Indian actress, model and singer who appeared in Bollywood films. She made her film debut in the 2007 film Ram Gopal Verma's Nishabd for which she was nominated for Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She was later noted for portraying modern, independent women in Ghajini which was the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2008. Her performance in the latter earned her unanimous critical appreciation. She last appeared in Sajid Khan's directional film Housefull which was her second highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2010. 

On 4 June 2013, she was found dead in her apartment in her residence in the Sagar Sangeet building in Juhu, Mumbai after hanging herself.

Khan was born on 20 February 1988 into a Muslim family in New York City. She was the daughter of Ali Rizvi Khan, an Indian American and Rabiya Amin, a Hindi film actress in the 1980s from Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Khan grew up in London where she completed her Edexcel O and A Level with a brilliant result of 5 As, before moving to Mumbai to pursue a career in Bollywood. She has two sisters Kavita and Karishma. She was inspired to enter Bollywood after watching Ram Gopal Verma's former protege Urmila Matondkar’s movie Rangeela at the age of six.

Khan was a trained opera singer and had recorded six pop tracks by the time she was 17. Khan studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan, though she quit upon receiving a movie offer. 

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