The death of Jiah Khan is causing ripples in the movie industry with a question mark now hanging over her former lover Suraj Pancholi’s debut in Bollywood.
Pancholi, who is reportedly set to make a debut with Suneil Shetty’s daughter Athiya in a Salman Khan production, may not now. There are allegations from Jiah’s mother Rabiya saying her daughter ended her life due to trauma and abuse suffered by Pancholi.
Shetty is concerned whether his daughter will be able to handle the pressures of the industry. A source told Mid-Day, Even before the shoot can begin, Athiya۪s co-star has been embroiled in a controversy. With Jiah۪s mother alleging that it was not her lack of film offers but Sooraj that made her take such a drastic step, there has been a lot of speculation about him. Sooraj is under the scanner even before his debut. A police probe is on but all this is affecting not only him but his project as well.
Adds the source, Salman has mentored a number of aspiring actors and Sooraj and Athiya are the latest on his list. The film was set to roll later in the year. Right now everyone concerned is tightlipped about the film, which is the official remake of Subash Ghai۪s 1983 film Hero that starred Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri.
Pancholi has been detained by Mumbai police until Thursday 13th June.