Taking The Path Less Traversed: Nusrat Jahan
Nusrat Jahan’s bold and unconventional lifestyle is known to one and all. Recently she has been in news for the marital discord in her life. The lady got married to businessman Nikhil Jain in Turkey in 2019. That was followed by a grand reception in Kolkata which was attended by Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee and the who’s who of the Bengal film industry. But on 9th June she dismissed the marriage as illegal. “Being on foreign land, as per Turkish Marriage Regulation, the ceremony is invalid. Moreover, since it was an interfaith marriage, it requires validation under the Special Marriage Act in India, which did not happen. As per the court of law, it is not a marriage, but a relationship or live-in relationship.” she said.
But those who have followed the graph of Nusrat would not have been too shocked listening to her say these words because she had a knack for courting controversies. Nusrat was born into a Bengali Muslim family to Muhammed Shah Jahaan and Sushma Khatoon on 8th January 1990. After completing her education in Kolkata Nusrat won the Fair One Miss Kolkata beauty pageant in 2010. It was glamour and fame for her in the years that followed. She acted in Bengali flicks like Khoka 420(2013), Khiladi(2013), Sondhe Namar Agey(2014), Har Har Byomkesh(2015), Power(2015), Zulfiqar(2016), One(2017), Naqaab(2018), action movie SOS Kolkata(2020) and Swastik Sanket(2021) apart from doing several item numbers. But even this time period was not blemish-free. In 2016, the grapevine had it that Nusrat was seeing Kader Khan, the prime accused in the notorious Palk Street rape case. It was alleged that she had met him while he was wanted by Kolkata police and had arranged flight tickets for Patna for him. However, Nusrat pleaded innocent and no charges were pressed against her.
Nusrat contested the 2019 general elections for Trinamool Congress party from the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency and won by a landslide margin of 3,50,000 votes against BJP’s Sayantan Ghosh becoming an MP in the process. In the oath-taking ceremony, Nusrat dressed like a newly-wed Hindu bride with vermillion, bangles and mangala sutra and faced backlash from Muslim clerics who issued a fatwa against her and called her Un-Islamic. She chose not to respond to them. She has also been criticized severely and trolled for wearing modern Western dresses for attending the Parliament.
Now Nusrat has told media that she was never married to Nikhil Jain. The relationship ended a long time back and she didn’t speak about it because she wanted to keep her private life to herself. She also said that only she has been taking care of the financial expenses of herself and her family. She also alleged that Nikhil had been taking money from her account illegally even after separation. In response, Nikhil Jain has alleged that he paid off Nusrat’s home loan and she still owes him money.