Deccanexpress online: Mumbai : A Pakistan-born American actress and Salman Khan’s ex-girlfriend Somy Ali had made a mark in Bollywood in the 90s. However, she had quit the industry later on. Somy Ali now runs a non-profit organization named ‘No More Tears’. Through her NGO, Somy’s mission is rescuing rape victims and children who are sexually abused.
Somy recently made shocking revelations during a video interview with Peeping Moon that she has been a victim of it herself. Somy said she was sexually abused at the age of 5, 9, and again at the age of 14.
Opening up about getting raped, Somy said, “I was 5 years old, the first time I was sexually abused in Pakistan. There were 3 incidents in the servant’s quarters. Actions were taken after I told my mum and dad. But what my parents told me is that ‘Beta yeh kisiko batana nahi’. In my head, I lived with that for years. I thought, ‘Did I do something wrong? Why was I told by my parents?’ Pakistan and Indian cultures are very image-based. They were protecting me but I didn’t understand it. Again there was an incident at 9, then again at 14.”
“I started speaking out three years ago. Even though I was running this non-profit organisation for 14 years, I found myself hypocritical for not being able to speak up,” added Somy Ali.
Somy Ali opened up about her entry into the Hindi film industry and said, “It all happened in such a bizarre manner. I got my portfolio done by ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha, who asked me to go to certain production houses.”
Later on, when she quit films, Somy Ali was quoted saying, “I was every director’s nightmare and refused to go for rehearsals. I was different from others. I was too Americanised and too much of a tomboy. I was such a misfit in the film industry. I had no interest in pursuing a film career.”
Somy Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and later moved to Florida at the age of 12. Reportedly inspired by a teenage crush on Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Somy convinced her mother to allow her to move to Mumbai at 16. Somy appeared in 10 Bollywood films between 1991 and 1998. While in Mumbai, she was in a relationship with Salman Khan for eight years.