Zia Khan, who appeared in hit films like Nishabd, Ghajini, and Housefull, was found dead in her Mumbai apartment in 2013 at the age of 25. His death was declared suicide, but his mother Rabia sustained him. Was murdered, and raised fingers at Jia’s boyfriend at the time, actor Sooraj Pancholi, who was named in a suicide note found by authorities.
Well-known news channel BBC has released a three-part investigative documentary on the death of the late actor Zia Khan. The series has only been released in the UK and features three episodes under an hour. The first episode dropped on 11 January and the next two episodes ended in the next two days. The documentary dives into the case of the actress’ demise and the various theories encountered during the investigation.
Soraj Pancholi appeared in the second episode of the documentary series, in which he repeated that he was innocent. According to Metro, she stated that she was with Jia for only five months, and that she talked to him about her history with depression. ‘It’s not suicide, it’s a murder,’ Rabia said in a clip from the series.
Sooraj’s father Aditya Pancholi said, “I am telling the court to please find out who the murderer is, and acquit us of suicide (charges) from this insult.” “According to him, this is not suicide, so this is our case.”
In its review, The Telegraph noted that the series brings up several points about the case, such as the trial of Jia’s disappearance, which she wore hours before she was found dead; His inaccessible blackberry, and some ligature marks on his body. The review said, ‘… looking at pictures of Jia’s dead body felt voyeuristic. All the contents of a celebrity true-crime story were here, and watching the show in those contexts made me uneasy. ‘
The documentary throws light on the details of the case, Jia’s mother’s attempt for justice, unanswered questions and Pancholi’s features. The series upset many netizens as they took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Sooraj Pancholi, who was considered the first suspect in the case, also flared up on Twitter.