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Viewers confused by 'unanswered questions' in Death in Bollywood

The documentary explores the death of actress Jiah Khan

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Francesca Shillcock
Senior Features Writer
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Episode one of Death in Bollywood aired on BBC on Monday evening, and the docu-series proved a difficult watch for viewers at home.

While some were gripped by the true story, others were left feeling "confused" by the episode, which they felt left many questions "unanswered".

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Taking to social media, viewers expressed their confusion. One person wrote: "A lot of unanswered questions and poor, at best, investigation. All power to the mum/family and hope they get justice. #deathinbollywood."

rabbiya death in bollywood© Photo: BBC

The documentary proved a difficult watch for viewers

A second person tweeted: "Just watched #deathinbollywood and there's too much unexplained. She saw her mum an hour before, knew a relative would find her, yet there's no note? The missing tracksuit, the marks on her neck? The WIPED blank phone the CCTV showed her using? I hope her family get #JusticeForJiah."

Meanwhile, a third viewer echoed the view that the case raises many questions: "BBC2's #DeathInBollywood was such an upsetting watch. I never realised the extent of it. Everything they showed which was not investigated... the tracksuit, phone history, the marks on her body. So, so sad. #justiceforjiah."

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The actress sadly died in 2013

Jiah was a British-American actress who went on to pursue her acting career in Bollywood. The star, who was 25 years old when she died, landed a number of roles in big films, including the film Ghanji, the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of 2008.

On 3 June 2013, Jiah was found hanging from her ceiling in her family's residence in Mumbai and her death was ruled as a suicide. However, Jiah's family, in particular her mother Rabiya, felt that her death was suspicious.

The first episode of the three-part docuseries looks at the actress' life and lead-up to her death, as well as examining the aftermath. Soon after her daughter's death, Jiah's mother hired a private investigator Jason Payne James, who also believes that her death was suspicious, to explore the case further. Together, the two seek to uncover the truth behind the tragic death.

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