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Somy Ali backs Zeenat Aman amid backlash, supports live-in relationships to reduce divorce rates

en Bollywood News Somy Ali backs Zeenat Aman amid backlash, supports live-in relationships to reduce divorce rates

The actor-turned-activist praises Zeenat Aman's views on modern relationships, highlighting their potential benefits in today's evolving society.

Somy Ali, a former Bollywood actor and now a dedicated women’s rights activist, has come forward in support of her close friend Zeenat Aman’s stance on live-in relationships. Amid the backlash Aman faced for her views, Ali defended her in an  interview with Hindustan Times. Ali emphasized the potential benefits of live-in relationships, suggesting they could help reduce divorce rates by allowing couples to understand each other better before marriage.

Somy Ali backs Zeenat Aman amid backlash, supports live-in relationships to reduce divorce rates

Somy Ali backs Zeenat Aman amid backlash, supports live-in relationships to reduce divorce rates

Reflecting on her personal experiences, Somy Ali shared, “When I lived in Vidhyachal at Mount Mary, Zeenat Ji and Mazhar Bhai (Zeenat's late husband) were my neighbours. Jackie Shroff and Ayesha (Shroff) also used to live nearby. Whenever we used to go for a shoot, we would catch up. Recently, a lot of people have condemned her. Our population has peaked at 8 billion. I am not at all against live-in relationships. Whatever Zeenat Ji has said, I 100% support her in this.” Ali elaborated on how live-in relationships can help individuals set boundaries and understand each other’s habits, potentially leading to more stable marriages.

Ali also addressed the rising divorce rates globally and in South Asia, noting the value of Aman's perspective. “Currently, divorce rates have gone high in India, Pakistan and across the globe. Zeenat ji is highly intellectual and has studied journalism in San Francisco through scholarship. She is intelligent, well-read and articulate. I want to tell the naysayers that we no longer live in the 1950s. In 2024, the world has changed a lot, and a man and a woman can be in a live-in relationship.” Ali's remarks underline the importance of adapting to contemporary societal norms and recognizing the changing dynamics of relationships.

Further emphasizing the practical aspects of live-in relationships, Ali pointed out the common issues in traditional arranged marriages. “We have seen so many cases where people get married without knowing each other and then end up getting into a divorce. This is quite common in arranged marriages in both Pakistan and India. Dowry is illegal in both India and Pakistan, yet people do not shy away from asking it. Everything goes on behind the curtains, be it India, Pakistan or America.” Ali highlighted how live-in relationships could serve as a solution to compatibility issues often observed in arranged marriages.

In conclusion, Somy Ali praised Zeenat Aman for her candidness, stating, “One last thing I would like to say about Zeenat Ji. What she has suggested can help in bringing down the divorce rate. If you are in a live-in, then you will be able to figure out if you have compatibility with your partner. Zeenat Ji has done a huge favour to us by expressing her views on live-in relationships.” Ali's support reinforces the evolving perspectives on relationships in modern society and underscores the potential benefits of live-in arrangements in fostering understanding and compatibility between partners.

Also Read: Somy Ali expresses support for Salman Khan amid firing incident; says, “No one deserves what he went through”


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