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Raza Murad rushed to the late Jiah Khan’s home when he heard about her death. He was on his way to offer his condolences to Jiah’s mother and two sisters. But before he went in, he was bombarded with questions by reporters and not being able to control his grief, Raza spoke on the Hindi Film Industry and what it takes for an actress to make it here. According to him, Jiah didn’t compromise her dignity or self-esteem to make it in this industry. He goes on to say that in order to get a movie here, the lead actor of the movie has to like you. If the lead actor doesn’t want to work with you, then no one else will. Speaking on the late Jiah being jobless for over three years, Raza said that she had talent but this industry doesn’t really need talented people; it needs people with fake smiles and people who are ready to do anything to please the higher-ups of this industry.
Raza Murad has been an actor for a long time in this industry, so when he talks about the struggles that actresses have to go through, he does have a point. I hope his words will open the eyes of the millions of girls, who have dreams of leading a lavish lifestyle, all achieved through their talent. Jiah could sing, dance and act and still, her talent wasn’t enough. Had someone realised that, she would have still been alive today. Do you think the industry is responsible for not supporting talent or is it the audience that prefers to look at pretty things instead of supporting talent?
I’m saying the “Audience” here as before she passed, a lot of people commented on her unconventional looks. They even went to the extent of calling her “ugly”. Why now the sympathy when Jiah is no more?
If the audience does not want to see Jiah on screen, why would the producers and directors want to cast her? I remember, there was an episode on ‘Koffee with Karan’, where Karan Johar asked Rishi Kapoor if he were cast in Mr. Bachchan’s role in ‘Nishabd’, who would his like as the young girl’s role? Rishi Kapoor replied, “What’s wrong with the one who played in it?” Karan said, “Accha, you would like her” and Rishi replied, “Why not!”
Back to what Raza Murad has said, does this mean that all the actresses, who have made it had to do all that to compromise?
Sure Jiah killed herself because of something has gone wrong in her love life, but that was all she had. If she was a successful working actress, I doubt she would have been depressed about her life! The reason I’m sharing what Raza Murad has said is because I have always thought Jiah would make it. She learnt acting and singing in New York and she was good at it. Little did I know that these are not enough to make it to Bollywood!
Nafisa Jiah Khan
One of my favourite songs from ‘Nishabd’:
One of my favourite songs from ‘Ghajini’:
Jiah Khan Live at an Award Show