Sooraj Pancholi opens up on Jiah Khan


Sooraj Pancholi opens up on Jiah Khan

Young actor talks about girlfriend's suicide, says he misses her.


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Published: Wed 26 Aug 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 26 Aug 2015, 10:09 AM

Sooraj Pancholi, who hit the headlines two years ago when he was arrested for his involvement in girlfriend Jiah Khan's death case, says he still misses her a lot and has no qualms if his name is associated with her.
Young Sooraj's life turned upside down when his name cropped up in the case. He was arrested on abetment charges and sent to jail.
"My name will always be associated with her and I have no guilt for that. I am happy that something at least stays with me. I'm sad that she ended her life. But at least her name is with me and I have no problems with it," said Sooraj.
Jiah, a 25-year-old British-American actor, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Juhu home in 2013. Sooraj met Jiah through Facebook and then after some time the two fell in love.
"I miss her. I miss her everyday of my life. I am missing her while I am sitting with you right now. If I loved a person so much I would miss her," said the 25-year-old Hero star.
"She was five years elder to me. She was more mature than me. I was 21-year-old then and she was 26. She knew more about the industry than me."
Sooraj faced further mental trauma when Jiah's mother Rabia alleged that he was responsible for her daughter's death.
"I don't know if she is against me. If she feels there is some foul play in this case then she has all the right to do verification," Sooraj, son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, said.
"But if she is doing it just to harass me then I would not want to say anything. Truth will definitely come out. If she is doing it for some specific purpose then God is watching."
Meanwhile, Salman Khan, the producer of Sooraj's film Hero, has trimmed the movie by 30 minutes, director Nikhil Advani said. Athiya Shetty also stars in the film. Nikhil, when asked about Salman's influence, said: "Before the making, I called him and said to him tell me what you want."
"I told him (Salman) if you don't sit on the edit, I cannot finish this film. You need to sit on the edit, to tell me what is right and what is wrong, what is working, what is not working," Nikhil said.
"He (Salman) sat, he cut out 30 minutes of the film. The film is now 2.04 hours in length. Someone recently asked me what is Hero in one word and I said 'Salman Khan'," he added.
It was recently reported that Salman had not interfered in the creative process. So did this editing satisfy or dent Nikhil's confidence as a director?
"It totally satisfies me as a director. What it allowed me to do is while Hero was being made, I also made Katti Batti. Hero is a producer's film, Katti Batti is a director's film," said Nikhil. The bond between Nikhil and Salman was formed when they worked in Salaam-E-Ishq.Nikhil considers their friendship to be good enough to seek genuine feedback from him.

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