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I'm not monster: Sooraj Pancholi breaks silence on Jiah Khan suicide case on his 28th birthday

Sooraj Pancholi's ex-girlfriend and actor Jiah Khan in her suicide note blamed him for ruining her life.

Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: November 10, 2018 12:11 IST ]

Sooraj Pancholi breaks silence on Jiah Khan suicide case

Bollywood actor Sooraj Pancholi, who made his debut with Salman Khan's 2015 production Hero along with Athiya Shetty will next feature in a dance film alongside Isabelle Kaif. Sooraj has done just one film in the last three years and it has to do a lot with Jiah Khan murder case. He is the prime accused in the suicide case of his ex-girlfriend and actor Jiah Khan. After keeping mum for several years, he finally broke his silence on his 28th birthday. Writing an open letter, he talked about six years-long court case against him and the public scrutiny to which he has been subjected to.

He wrote a long note along with a picture of a hand holding two candles. Sooraj, who has abetment to suicide charge leveled against him kept forward his side of the story. The actor said he wanted to wait for the court to end the case, however, it is taking longer than expected, hence, he decided to share his story now.

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The Hero actor said he has been called a murderer, criminal and an abuser but his family stood by his side through thick and thin. He said it is hard to prove innocence as a set procedure is required to be followed. He also thanked fans for their positivity. Read his complete post here: 

''Today I complete 28 years of my life. I want to take up this moment to share a few thoughts that have been in my heart for a while. I wanted to wait to speak out until the case ended, but it’s taken longer than expected. I don’t know where to start from. It is difficult to express some feelings when so many people, so many emotions are involved. First, I want to thank those who have stood by me like a pillar of strength. It has been a long journey that started when I was still trying to understand life. I have been fighting the case in court for the last 6 years, with patience and respect, waiting for the trial to be completed. In this process I have been called a murderer, a criminal, an abuser and so much worse. I read these things about me almost every single day. And my heartfelt effort has always been to be strong, respectful and ignore it. But they still fill my and my loved ones’ heart with so much sadness. I don’t blame the people who call me names, because that’s how i have been portrayed in public, but i’m not the monster that has been portrayed in headlines. I know how easy it is to think the worst of someone and accuse them but it is exceptionally hard to prove myself innocent as there’s a procedure that we need to follow. A procedure that has taken long enough that i have been made to feel guilty without even being given a fair chance to prove my innocence. There have been accusations and assumptions but there has been no validation.''

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Today I complete 28 years of my life. I want to take up this moment to share a few thoughts that have been in my heart for a while. I wanted to wait to speak out until the case ended, but it’s taken longer than expected. I don’t know where to start from. It is difficult to express some feelings when so many people, so many emotions are involved. First, I want to thank those who have stood by me like a pillar of strength. It has been a long journey that started when I was still trying to understand life. I have been fighting the case in court for the last 6 years, with patience and respect, waiting for the trial to be completed. In this process I have been called a murderer, a criminal, an abuser and so much worse. I read these things about me almost every single day. And my heartfelt effort has always been to be strong, respectful and ignore it. But they still fill my and my loved ones’ heart with so much sadness. I don’t blame the people who call me names, because that’s how i have been portrayed in public, but i’m not the monster that has been portrayed in headlines. I know how easy it is to think the worst of someone and accuse them but it is exceptionally hard to prove myself innocent as there’s a procedure that we need to follow. A procedure that has taken long enough that i have been made to feel guilty without even being given a fair chance to prove my innocence. There have been accusations and assumptions but there has been no validation. But, this is not about what others say. This is about how I feel. For as long as I can remember, my dream has always been to make my parents proud. I have always tried to be a good son to them. In the last 6 years, I’ve tried harder everyday to achieve this dream and to be positive. So today, I am praying with my heart that our family can move forward, that the trial can come to a fair end and that I can give back all the love, support and strength I have received from so many of you. Thank you to all of you who constantly send positivity my way. You may not know it, but every single one of your prayers has helped.

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He further wrote, ''But, this is not about what others say. This is about how I feel. For as long as I can remember, my dream has always been to make my parents proud. I have always tried to be a good son to them. In the last 6 years, I’ve tried harder everyday to achieve this dream and to be positive. So today, I am praying with my heart that our family can move forward, that the trial can come to a fair end and that I can give back all the love, support and strength I have received from so many of you.''

''Thank you to all of you who constantly send positivity my way. You may not know it, but every single one of your prayers has helped,'' he ended.

For unversed, Jiah Khan committed suicide in her Juhu flat in 2013 by hanging herself. In the suicide note, she accused Sooraj of ruining her life. Jiah has worked with stars like Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. Ghajini, Nishabd, Housefull are her important films.

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