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Wish Partition Hadn’t Happened: Pakistani Actress Somy Ali

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Kolkata: Remember Somy Ali? To rack your brains, this Pakistani girl now settled in the USA featured in some Bollywood potboilers and was even in a relationship with Salman Khan before they parted ways.

Somy who now runs an NGO, No More Tears spoke to The Lateralz on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day.

Somy says, “I am pretty fortunate because I belong to three countries. I was born in Pakistan but left when I was 11 and moved to the US. Then I moved to India in 1991 and was there till 1999. Given that my father was born in Mumbai (Bombay), I still have several relatives in India. Considering I am an American/Pakistani with concrete ties with India, I deem myself to hold three nationalities. I feel closer to India because I was there from 16-25, and that is an age where you begin to gain a better understanding about the world and what freedom truly means. On a personal note, I am against the split between India and Pakistan as I deem us to be one. Logically if it weren’t for the politicians trying to create a divide, there would not be a Pakistan and things would be so much better. We lost countless lives for literal hatred manufactured and ignited by politicians.”

Somy adds, “Pakistan and India can never be one nation. I hold politicians responsible on both sides for creating this beyond-absurd divide.”

Somy’s all-time favourite patriotic actor is Manoj Kumar as she adds, “From an actor’s perspective, my ultimate patriot is Manoj Kumar, and I am so happy I was able to meet and spend time with him. He told me that he was born in Lahore and it was an honour to converse with him.”

Speaking about his favourite freedom fighter Somy says, “The American in me will definitely never forget activist Martin Luther King Jr. who was the most visible leader in the American Civil Rights movement. He advanced his mission through nonviolence similar to my second hero Mahatma Gandhi.”

Any incident related to the Independence struggle that has been a learning curve? Pat comes her reply, “If you think about it, what did all these freedom fighters have in common? From Nelson Mandela to Gandhi to King and many more; they never ever gave up. This is my philosophy when it comes to fighting for the rights of victims through my NGO, No More Tears. I will never ever give up and yes, even at the risk of losing my life. This is my fight for freedom to rescue the ones who are suppressed, beaten, raped, and sex trafficked every single day.”

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