Sooraj Pancholi is an Indian actor, who made headlines after the suicide of the British-American actress Jiah Khan.
Sooraj Pancholi was born on Friday, 9 November 1990 (age 32 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai. His ancestors hail from Gujarat. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.
He started his schooling at Pali Hill School in Mumbai, and later, he completed his schooling at an open school. After completing class 12, he did not pursue higher studies as he did not have any interest in studies.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 15″
Family & Caste
Sooraj Pancholi was born into a Hindu Ahir family.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Aditya Pancholi, is an actor, producer, and singer. His mother, Zarina Wahab, works as an actor in Hindi and Malayalam films. His sister, Sana Pancholi, is a restaurateur.
Aditya’s grandfather was a well-known Indian filmmaker. Some of his popular cousins are:
Faris McReynolds (Los Angeles-based artiste and singer) is his mother’s sister’s son.
Natasha Pancholi Khatod (actress, producer, and writer) is the granddaughter of Damodar Mahesh Pancholi who was the younger brother of Sooraj’s grandfather.
Aditi Singh (actress) is the daughter of Aditya Pancholi’s sister Shraddhha Pancholi.
On 3 June 2013, after the demise of the late British-American actress Jiah Khan, it was revealed that Sooraj was in a relationship with her for the past few months.
In 2016, there were rumours that Sooraj was dating the Brazilian model Larissa Bonesi. The duo met for the first time at the gym in Bandra, Mumbai. Later, some of the media sources claimed that after being in more than 4 years of relationship, they got separated.
He was born to a Hindu father and a Muslim mother. Sooraj is inclined toward the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He started his career as an assistant director in the Hindi film ‘Guzaarish’ in 2010. His other Hindi film as an assistant director is ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (2012). In 2015, he debuted as an actor in the Hindi film ‘Hero’ in which he played the role of Suraj Kaushik.
He has acted in a few Hindi films such as ‘Satellite Shankar’ (2019), ‘Time to Dance’ (2021), and ‘Hawa Singh’ (under production as of 2022).
Sooraj has also featured in a few Hindi music videos like “GF BF” (2016) by Gurinder Seagal and “Dim Dim Lights” (2019) by Rahul Jain.
On 3 June 2013, the British-American actress Jiah Khan committed suicide at her apartment in Mumbai. Four days later, her sister found a six-page handwritten letter at Jiah’s apartment in which Jiah wrote about her troubled relationship with a boy. Later, during the investigation, it was found out that Sooraj was dating her, and the letter was hinting at Jiah and Sooraj’s relationship.
On 11 June 2013, Sooraj was arrested by the Mumbai Police under Section 306 of abetment to suicide charges. Two days later, a report of Jiah Khan’s autopsy was released in which it was confirmed that she died of hanging and it was not a murder case. Sooraj was then sent on a 14 days remand and was taken to the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. On 1 July 2013, he was granted bail by the High Court of Bombay against a bond of Rs 50,000. A day later, the court gave the verdict that Sooraj was not liable for Jiah’s death. A few months later, Jiah’s mother filed a plea for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation, and after almost a year, the Bombay High Court gave permission to the CBI to take over the case. On 9 December 2015, Sooraj was questioned by the CBI. Later, CBI filed a supplementary charge sheet in the court, and Sooraj was charged with abetment to suicide under IPC Section 306. After a series of investigations were carried out for a few years, on 14 October 2017, Sooraj filed a plea at the Bombay High Court in which he requested an expedition in the trial proceedings. In 2021, the Jiah Khan suicide case was transferred to a special CBI court. The session court judges said,