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Was criticized for my bold songs, says Salman Khan’s ex-flame Somy Ali

Mumbai: Salman Khan’s ex-girlfriend Somy Ali believes that films like Gehraiyaan is “smashing patriarchy with relevantly bold content,” something which wasn’t the case when she was acting.

“I was highly criticized for my bold songs like the one in the pink sari in Anth: A Dream for a Better Tomorrow with Suniel (Shetty) and in Aao Pyar Karen with Saif (Ali Khan). Given I had come from the US, these criticisms did not impact me. If I had worried about what the media or others said behind my back during my time in the industry, I would have survived at all,” says the Pakistan-born model-actress, who shared a decade-long relationship with Salman.

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However, there were news reports about Deepika Padukone taking permission from her husband actor Ranveer Singh before shooting intimate scenes in Gehraiyaan. Talking about the same, Somy Ali says, “We are a sexist society and inspite of us being in 2022, male domination prevails. Patriarchal culture and that mindset of women requiring permission to even breathe first from their parents then from their spouses remain to be the status quo in our society’s mindset.”

Having said that, the US-based activist admitted that today the audience has accepted a married actress. “There is an immense progression in terms of married actresses still pursuing a career. This was not the case 20 years ago. Once an actress got married, she was expected to be a housewife, a mother and that would be her sole identity. Thus, to see actresses such as Madhuri Dixit and Deepika as well as others who are married pursuing an acting career gives us a light at the end of the tunnel,” she says.

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In an earlier interview with Zoom when Somy Ali was asked why her relationship with Salman broke up, she had said that the Bollywood actor cheated on her. “He cheated on me and I broke up with him and left. It’s as simple as that,” she had said.

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