‘I am praying that our family can move forward’
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.