Sooraj Pancholi may not have delivered a series of blockbusters in his 4 years of Bollywood career, but the controversies surrounding him over ex-girlfriend and B-town diva Jiah Khan's suicide were enough to make headlines. Pancholi, who had been in a relationship with Jiah for 9 months before her death, was accused of abetment of suicide. The Housefull actress, who found dead in her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013, left a suicide note, blaming Sooraj for destroying her life. The trial in the case started on February 17.
Meanwhile, today, nearly 5 years after Jiah Khan's death, the Hero actor has broken his prolonged silence, sharing his thoughts on social media over the same. Interestingly, it was Sooraj's 28th birthday on Friday, 9 November, when the actor decided to speak his heart out.
Taking to Instagram Pancholi on Friday posted a picture of a hand holding candles while sharing his side of the story in the incident.
"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," the first part of his caption read.
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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.
On the professional front, Sooraj will be next seen with Isabella Kaif in Time To Dance. Co-produced by Bhushan Kumar and Remo D'Souza the movie also features Waluscha De Sousa in a key role.