Sooraj Pancholi finally speaks out on Jiah Khan suicide case, find out here

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 November 2018, 07:34 PM
Sooraj Pancholi finally speaks on Jiah Khan suicide case, find out here (Instagrammed photo)
Sooraj Pancholi finally speaks on Jiah Khan suicide case, find out here (Instagrammed photo)

Sooraj Pancholi celebrated his birthday on Friday with his family in Mumbai. While the actor had a perfect family lunch date, he also took to his Instagram handle to express gratitude to people who stood by him. The Hero actor also ended his silence on Jiah Khan’s suicide case in his heartfelt and emotional post.

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The actor has been fighting a six-year-long court case and during the time this is the first time that Sooraj has voiced the matter. He shared a picture of his hands holding candles with a caption that read, “ 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. 

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“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,” added the actor.

Sooraj expressed in his post that his only dream was to make his parents proud of him, but in the last six years, he had to try harder every day to achieve this dream and to remain positive. On the occasion of his birthday, he extended his prayers that he and his family could move forward and wished the trial to come to a fair end. He thanked everyone who constantly supported the actor and brought positivity in his life.

Here's the complete letter:

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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.

A post shared by Sooraj Pancholi (@soorajpancholi) on Nov 9, 2018 at 1:27am PST

Sooraj made his Bollywood debut with 2015 release ‘Hero’ co-starring Athiya Shetty. He was charged with abetment to suicide as Jiah Khan in her suicide note, accused Sooraj of ruining her life.

First Published: Saturday, November 10, 2018 07:29 PM
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