Sooraj Pancholi, boyfriend of late Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, has been arrested in connection with her death.
Sooraj Pancholi is the son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, and is reported to have been Jiah Khan’s boyfriend.
He is suspected of abetting suicide and is due to appear in court on Tuesday.
Jiah Khan’s mother found her body at her home in the Indian city of Mumbai a week ago. She had killed herself, a police post-mortem examination found.
Sooraj Pancholi’s arrest was made after allegations of abuse made by the star’s mother, Rabiya Khan, police officials say.
Sooraj Pancholi, boyfriend of late Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, has been arrested in connection with her death
Jiah Khan, who was 25, made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd. She also acted with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.
She was found hanging by her mother and buried in Mumbai on Wednesday.
According to Indian media, she had left a five-page letter addressed to Sooraj Pancholi.
Born Nafisa Khan in New York, the actress grew up in London before moving to Mumbai for a career in Bollywood.
She made her debut in Nishabd with Bachchan and starred in the psychological thriller, Ghajini, with Aamir Khan.
Jiah Khan’s last film role was in the 2010 comedy Housefull, in which she played a supporting role.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may have been criticized in her native India for not losing her baby weight fast enough, but she looked nothing short of dazzling at the AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes last night.
The Bollywood actress, 38, lived up to her title of “the world’s most beautiful woman” in a gold embroidered sari and coordinating tailored jacket with Mandarin collar.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s hair was piled high on her head and adorned with a slender gold band, while her make-up was understated save the dark eyeliner around her eyes.
The former Miss World, who is married to Abhishek Bachchan, the son of one of India’s best-loved stars, gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in November last year.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan found international fame in the Hollywood film Bride and Prejudice, and Julia Roberts billed her as the world’s most beautiful woman.
An unfortunate recent photograph that captured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a double chin, sparked a flurry of cruel criticism, with some suggesting that she has a “duty” to her fans to regain her pre-pregnancy figure.
One website posted a video of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looking less than her usual svelte self, flicking between photographs of her pre-birth, and photos now.
Called “Aishwarya Rai’s shocking weight gain”, the clip, which came accompanied by elephant sound effects, has been seen more than 500,000 times.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lived up to her title of “the world’s most beautiful woman” at the AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes last night
Dozens more videos in a similar vein have been posted, each with viewing figures in the tens or hundreds of thousands.
Comments left after the video prove that many of those watching have little sympathy for the star.
“She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit,” one said.
Another added: “She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has commendably remained cool-headed about the criticism, and has been open about the fact that she is in no hurry to lose the few extra pounds she gained during her pregnancy.
She has said that she simply wants to “enjoy motherhood”.
Indeed, if last night’s appearance at Cannes is anything to go by, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has little to worry about.
Nor is she short of support in her goal to prioritize her new daughter.
Though there is certainly more critique than praise, many have come out in defense of the star, saying that she, like any new mother, should be focusing on her infant, not her diet.
One wrote: “She is a real women looking after a baby. We should be concern [sic] for her health and happiness especially if she is nursing the baby.”
Another said. “Kudos to you Aish for keeping it real and letting your baby have all the bonding and attention she needs with you. Enjoy your life.”
Media commentators in India have said that expectations placed on the country’s most famous stars are impossibly high.
Cinema professor Shohini Ghosh told the New York Daily News: “There is a glorification of motherhood in India and Indian cinema.
“But people are confused because they don’t know whether to glorify Aishwarya in her new motherhood or lament that she is not looking like a runway model.”
Showbusiness columnist Shobhaa Dé added: “She is held up as the ideal of beauty and so there is an expectation on her to look perfect at all times.”