‘I am pray­ing that our fam­ily can move for­ward’

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Sooraj Pan­choli, who turned 28 yes­ter­day, spent the day shoot­ing for his next film. The ac­tor opted for a sim­ple birth­day din­ner with his fam­ily, and says that his only wish is for the Jiah Khan case trial to come to an end. Sooraj was charged by the Mum­bai High Court of abet­ting Jiah Khan’s (his then girl­friend) death af­ter she com­mit­ted sui­cide in 2013. The trial for the same has been go­ing on since then.

Talk­ing about it, an emo­tional Sooraj says, “As I com­plete 28 years of my life, I want to take this mo­ment to share a few thoughts that have been in my heart for a while. I wanted to wait for the case to end be­fore speak­ing out, but it’s taken longer than ex­pected. I don’t know where to start from. It is dif­fi­cult to ex­press cer­tain feel­ings when so many peo­ple, so many emo­tions are in­volved. I have been fight­ing the case in court for the past six years, with pa­tience and re­spect, wait­ing for the trial to end.” He adds, “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. My heart­felt ef­fort was al­ways to be strong, re­spect­ful and ig­nore it. But they still fill 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.”

Sooraj, ear­lier this year, spoke about spend­ing most of his 20s do­ing the rounds of court pro­ceed­ings. And now, af­ter six years, he just wants the trial to have a fair end­ing. “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. I am pray­ing 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,” says the ac­tor who made his de­but with the 2015 film, Hero.

Sooraj Pan­choli

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