Mumbai, Jun 11: Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's mother Rabia has revealed that Sooraj Pancholi tried to avoid Jiah, after he was signed up by megastar Salman Khan for the remake of Hero.
In an interview to a newspaper, Jiah's mother said: "After he signed his debut film (remake of Hero) with Salman, his body language changed. In fact, Jiah told him that she wanted to meet Salman and tell him that she wanted to work with him. But Sooraj did not make it happen."
Asked whether she ever met Sooraj's mother Zarina Wahab, Rabia replied: " Never. He never introduced me to his parents as Jiah's mother. I kept telling Jiah that it is strange that you have introduced him to me as your boyfriend but he never reciprocated. "
Asked whether Jiah ever told her that she was pregnant with Sooraj's child and underwent an abortion, her mother said: " No. Had I known about it, I would've blasted the sky. "
Rabia said, Jiah wanted to marry Sooraj and settle down and have a home with him.
Recalling the time when she first came to know about Jiah dating Sooraj, her mother said: " Last year. Initially, I never stopped her from meeting that boy. He was wooing her with flowers and home-cooked food. And she liked it."
"In February, this year she had come to London. I told her, 'You are in love but there is no glow on your face'. She broke down. I asked her to share everything with me. I told her 'Home is hospital, world outside is a battlefield. Don't hide anything from me'. I asked her to withdraw from the relationship. But I realised it was too late...
"She was head-over-heels in love with that boy. I managed to dissuade her from talking to him for few days but I saw that they were in touch again. She returned to join piano and kathak classes.
"She had a maid, driver- her life was going fine. Her younger sister was going to get engaged on June 23, which is why I was in Mumbai. And on return I felt that she and Sooraj had sorted it out and life was smiling upon her once more. "
Asked what went wrong all of a sudden, Rabia said: "I don't know. But since the past ten days, I could see that Sooraj was trying to distance himself from Jiah. I sat Jiah down and had a chat with her on this (pauses). I could see that he was becoming commitment phobic. But youngsters are youngsters I guess...Love is blind."
"It's a misconception that Aditya and I were friends. Aditya is Anju Mahendroo's friend. If he was my friend, things would have been amicable and this incident wouldn't have happened. But yeah, I know he threw a fit when he came to know about his son's relationship with my daughter. He even told Salman Khan about it, who tried to talk Sooraj out of it. But Sooraj told him that he loved Jiah and Salman was then cool about it."