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Jiah Khan (Hindi: जीया ख़ान, Urdu: جیا خان), born 20 February 1988, is a famous Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies.

Biography

Personal life

Born in New York and raised in Chelsea, Londonmarker, Jiah Khan is the daughter of Ali Rizvi Khan, an Indian American, and Rabiya Amin, a Hindi film actress in the 1980s from Agramarker, Uttar Pradeshmarker, Indiamarker and most remembered in Tahir Hussain's Dulha Bikta Hai. Khan has two younger sisters. Though born Nafisa, she changed her name to Jiah after the Angelina Jolie film Gia.

Khan is trained in opera and plays the piano. She can dance Salsa, Lambada, Samba and Kathak.

Education

Khan completed her A levels in film studies and literature in London. She also studied at the Lee Strasberg Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, though she quit upon receiving a movie offer from Mumbaimarker.

Career

A sixteen-year-old Khan was to debut in Mukesh Bhatt's Tumsa Nahin Dekha, but backed out when she felt the role was too mature for her and was immediately replaced by Dia Mirza. Two years later in 2006, she debuted in the controversial Nishabd, where she acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan. The film was released in March 2007 to mixed reviews, though Khan was noted for her confidence, attitude, and sex appeal. She also got a "Filmfare Best Debutant" Nomination for her Acting skills.

She appeared alongside Aamir Khan in A.R. Murugadoss's Ghajini, the Hindi remake of its Tamil Namesake. She was shot for a significant portion of Ken Ghosh directed film "Yahoo" opposite Shahid Kapoor, but was replaced by Genelia D'souza. Despite this, UTV Motion Pictures (who are backing "Yahoo") subsequently signed the actress for a two-film deal; Ghajini producer Madhu Mantena signed her for a 3-film deal shortly after.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2007 Nishabd Jia Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
2008 Ghajini Sunita
2009 Aap Ka Saaya Geeta Singh Filming
2009 Housefull Sonia filming


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