When actor Jiah Khan committed suicide last month, her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi was the focus of the Indian media’s attention.
A letter she had written — which explicitly spoke about her failed relationship with Suraj and how he became the reason behind why she took her life — was discovered by her mother which resulted in his arrest. Despite everything they went through — before and after Jiah’s death — Suraj claims to still love her.
“Everything in my house reminds me of her. She was a beautiful person from the inside and outside. She should’ve waited for better things to come her way in life,” he said, according to the Times of India. “It’s unfair that she just left me and has gone away. I couldn’t really help her.”
Suraj is aware that his name will be associated with hers for life. “I don’t mind as my heart is still connected to hers — I still love her.”
He revealed that she was deeply depressed and had it not been for him, “she would’ve tried this [suicide] and succeeded earlier.” “If her mother blames me, I should tell her that I did not take her life. In fact, I gave her an extension of life by 10 months,” he adds.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2013.
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