By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, June 16 (Agency)
A Mumbai court deferred the hearing of Sooraj Pancholi's bail plea till June 21. He was held on the charge of abetting suicide of actress Jiah Khan and his actor father Aditya Pancholi says his son is not guilty and that the jail experience will make him stronger.
"Let my son stay in jail a little longer. It will make him tougher and wiser. He has done no wrong. So, this experience can only make him strong," said Aditya while remaining calm.
Actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan, who debuted in Bollywood with Ram Gopal Varma's "Nishabd", committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai's Juhu area June 3. She was 25.
On June 8 police recovered a note purportedly written by the actress talking about her disturbed relationship with her boyfriend and claiming that he abused her mentally and physically. Two days later Mumbai police arrested Sooraj in connection with Jiah's suicide.
Aditya and his wife Zarina Wahab were confident that their son Sooraj would be granted bail on Friday (June 14). This, however did not happen.
A friend of the couple said that it seems Sooraj is "unlikely to be released in the immedaite future".
"Sooraj is unlikely to get any special privileges like a separate cell or home-made food. The prospect of seeing their son suffer in jail has hit the Pancholis hard. Aditya specially has taken it very badly," added the friend.
The friend says the image of the raging troubled star-son in the press is not quite what Sooraj is.
"The story about Sooraj suffering from fits of rage is highly exaggerated. When Sooraj gets angry, he goes completely quiet. Sooraj is completely his mama's boy. He has grown up with his grandmother, far away from his father. So Sooraj has never been a witness to his father's wayward ways. This whole run-in with the law is totally unexpected...But he's also a strong chap. When he sees his parents, he comforts them and assures them all would be well, rather than the parents comforting him," said the friend.