Jiah Khan's death brings sad saga of Bollywood stars to fore
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Actress Jiah Khan's alleged suicide has shocked Bollywood but it is not an isolated case in showbiz and brings back memories of the untimely death of film personalties like Guru Dutt, Divya Bharti and Silk Smitha.
Jiah, 25, at her residence in suburban Juhu late last night. She made a dream debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd in 2007.
Jiah then appeared alongside Aamir Khan in Ghajini (2008) and later in a supporting role in Sajid Khan's Housefull (2010), which was her last film.
Earlier also, B-town witnessed some shocking tragedies including the death of young and vivacious Divya Bharti at the age of 19 in 1993, after she allegedly fell off the fifth floor of a building.
Mystery still shrouds her death and it remains unclear whether she was pushed to death or she was inebriated and lost her balance.
Divya had made an impact in Bollywood in her brief career with films like Vishwatma, Shola Aur Shabnam and Deewana and others.
One of the most glamorous starlets of her time, Parveen Babi, died a lonely death in 2005 at her flat in Mumbai. Her death came to light only after her residential society secretary alerted the police that she had not picked up milk and newspapers from her doorstep for three days. In her case also, it was not clear whether she committed suicide or died a natural death.
The death of filmmaker Manmohan Desai, who made iconic films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Parvarish and others, was received with shock after he fell off his building at Grant Road in Mumbai in 1994.
The real cause of his death is still a mystery. There were speculations that Desai committed suicide as his later films had not been successful while another story claims that his chronic back pain had abetted his fall.