Tell Us the Truth about How Our Daughter Died on Film Set; PARENTS' AGONY A YEAR AFTER LONDON STUDENT WAS KILLED WHILE WORKING FOR BOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR

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Tell Us the Truth about How Our Daughter Died on Film Set; PARENTS' AGONY A YEAR AFTER LONDON STUDENT WAS KILLED WHILE WORKING FOR BOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR


Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA

THE family of a London student killed while working on a Bollywood film today told of their agony at not knowing the truth about her death more than a year ago.

Nadia Khan's mother and father face an indefinite wait for an inquest into how the 26-year-old died because a police investigation in India is incomplete.

Nadia had taken time out of a media studies degree at the University of North London to work in Bombay as a film assistant to director Kaizad Gustad when she died last May.

She was hit by a train while working on location for the director's latest film, Bombay Central.

But the exact circumstances of her death and how she came to be working beside a busy railway line are still being investigated.

The director himself - who was arrested then bailed last year - is facing a series of charges following the death, including the equivalent of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

An inquest cannot go ahead until he faces trial.

Nadia's family, from Islington, told how the director - who is not in custody and is still making films - had left them unable to get to the truth.

Nadia's eldest sister Ruby, 38, said: "It's been a devastating year for us.

"The disbelief that such a thing could have happened to such a bubbly and ambitious person. …

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