Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood's brightest young thing

Updated: June 04, 2013 09:09 IST

Jiah Khan, real name Nafisa, was born in London on February 20, 1988. Her mother, Rabiya Amin, was a little-known actress in 1980s Bollywood, best remembered for appearing in Tahir Hussain's Dulha Bikta Nahin.

Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Jiah Khan, real name Nafisa, was born in London on February 20, 1988. Her mother, Rabiya Amin, was a little-known actress in 1980s Bollywood, best remembered for appearing in Tahir Hussain's Dulha Bikta Nahin.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Young Nafisa studied film and literature in London and then moved to New York to attend the famed Lee Strasberg Academy of Dramatic Arts. She quit her acting course after landing a Bollywood role.

Now called Jiah Khan, her first film was meant to be Mahesh Bhatt's Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004). Then just 16, Jiah backed out of the role of a strip dancer, feeling it was too mature for her, and was replaced by Dia Mirza.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
She was then cast in Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd which released in 2007. The Lolita-esque story was reportedly inspired by both Kevin Spacey film American Beauty and Rajesh Khanna's Anokha Rishta. The no-holds-barred Nishabd starred Jiah as a seductive teen who falls in love with her best friend's father, played by Amitabh Bachchan. The film shocked critics and cine-goers with its provocative content but Jiah herself was widely praised for her confidence, screen presence and appeal. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Debut award and became known as Bollywood's next big thing.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Her next film was the superhit Ghajini (2008), starring Aamir Khan and Asin. Jiah played medical student Sunita who investigates and then befriends a mysterious businessman with amnesia.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Jiah was also cast opposite Shahid Kapoor in Chance Pe Dance and shot a large portion of the film before being replaced by Genelia D'Souza.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Jiah's third film was 2010 blockbuster Housefull, in which she played the third female lead with Deepika Padukone and Lara Dutta.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Jiah was signed for a two-film deal by UTV Motion Pictures and a three-film deal by Ghajini producer Madhu Mantena.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
Lately, Jiah had changed her name back to Nafisa Khan. She lived in Mumbai with her mother Rabiya.
Jiah Khan: Once Bollywood\'s brightest young thing
On June 3, Jiah was found dead in her Mumbai home. She reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself.

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