"my father was very wealthy"
Former actress Somy Ali has revealed how she supports herself financially since quitting acting.
Somy quit the film industry more than 20 years ago.
She now focuses on her NGO for domestic abuse survivors and has stated that money means “nothing” to her.
Somy said she supports herself through her humanitarian work and also revealed that she comes from wealth.
She said: “No More Tears work makes me happy.
“As far as materialism is concerned, my father was very wealthy; we lived in a 28-bedroom mansion, with a studio on the first floor.
“My father had started out as a cameraman and made his first million dollars through his first film as a producer in Pakistan.
“Money doesn’t mean anything to me except when it comes to No More Tears because we need donations to save more lives.
“I am a homebody. I am single. I am not attracted to shiny objects like diamonds.
“Minimalistic stuff makes me happy. I don’t shop a lot.
“Most of my time goes with the victims, so, I don’t have time for anything else.
“Materialism has zero value in my life. If you are blessed, you have to give back. It is like paying rent on this planet.”
Somy had a short-lived Bollywood career before quitting due to a lack of interest.
She explained that her organisation gives her “purpose” in life.
Somy Ali has often spoken about various incidents of sexual violence against her that prompted her to start her organisation.
She previously opened up about her experience in the film industry.
Somy had said: “A couple of directors tried to have sex with me. I was in a horribly abusive relationship. So yes, it was pretty bad overall.”
During her time as an actress, Somy was reportedly in an eight-year relationship with Salman Khan.
They split up and Somy revealed that she is no longer in contact with him, saying the decision is healthy.
She said: “I have not spoken to Salman in five years. I think it is healthy to move on.
“I have moved on and he has moved on too. I don’t know how many girlfriends he has had since I left in December 1999.
“I wish him all the best. I know his NGO is doing brilliant work and I am proud of his Being Human Foundation.
“Psychologically, it is healthier for me to not be in touch with him.
“It is good to know he is in a good place and he’s happy, and that is all I care about.”