Jiah Khan laid to rest amidst tears

Jiah Khan’s body was brought to her Sagar Sangeet residence after post mortem around 7 am on June 5. And the burial took place in the afternoon. Riteish Deshmukh, Sophie Choudry, Anju Mahendru, Prem Chopra, Urvashi Dholakia and the Panscholis — Aditya, Zarina Wahab and Suraj — were present at Jiah’s home. But not all of them waited for the funeral procession to begin.

The actress’ mother Rabiya and sisters were inconsolable. The last journey began around noon and headed for the Juhu cemetery, where Bollywood legends like Mohammad Rafi and Madhubala have been buried.

While industry seniors like Mahesh Bhatt and Raza Murad, and neighbours like Aloka Bedi (wife of Bollywood villain Ranjeet) and Deepak Parashar were the first ones to rush to her home, others came much later. Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao came with some close friends and immediate family. The actor had earlier told us that he was deeply pained to hear the tragic news because the young Jiah (his co-star in Ghajini) was a close family friend.

When Aditya arrived to offer condolences, he drove over a couple of tripods and a fracas ensued. Some media persons snatched his car keys and there was a heated exchange between the actor and the press. Of course, the sobriety of the occasion stopped tempers from flaring up further. And gloom once again descended as Jiah’s body left on her last journey.

Earlier, on Tuesday afternoon, Suraj was questioned by the cops at Juhu police station. A friend of the Panscholis said, “Suraj responded to all the queries, starting from his first meeting with Jiah to his last interaction with her. He was allowed to leave after two hours.”


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