Somy Ali’s Inspirations and Personal Growth Journey as an Actor

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Somy Ali, the renowned actor and humanitarian, credits her journey into the world of acting to her role models and inspirations, both past and present. Somy, who now runs her NGO, NO More Tears, is known for her remarkable performances on screen, and she attributes her passion for acting to the legendary Smita Patil and several other prominent actors of today.

“Smita Patil ji has always been a guiding light for me. In addition to her, actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rekha ji, Meryl Streep, Adil Hussain, Naseeruddin Shah, and Alia Bhatt have been a source of inspiration for me. Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kajol, Tabu, Rani Mukerji, and Taapsee Pannu are phenomenal actors who know their craft extraordinarily well. I find myself inspired by these actors in the present time,” shares Somy.

Apart from the established names, Somy also looks up to underdogs who rise above adversity and carve a niche for themselves in the industry. “I admire actors like Kangana Ranaut, who faced challenges, bullying, and even abuse but emerged as brilliant performers. Sonam Kapoor, though not initially interested in acting, portrayed her characters exceptionally well in every film. I believe in individuals who don’t let rejection deter them and continue their journey with determination,” she adds.

Highlighting the significance of mentorship in personal growth and career, Somy emphasizes the need for genuine guidance in the competitive and often unforgiving entertainment industry. “Amidst predators and challenges, having one or two people who genuinely care for you and guide you in the right direction is crucial for survival. Evil doesn’t discriminate, and young men and women alike need mentors to navigate this harsh world,” she explains.

When it comes to her acting approach, Somy believes in embracing diversity and avoiding being typecast. “Setting a proper benchmark in acting can limit an actor’s potential. It’s essential to explore different characters and understand their psyches. Evolution and progression are key to honing one’s craft as a performer,” she asserts.

In the discussion about the emotional toll acting can take, Somy reminds us that actors, too, are human beings who experience emotional pain despite their fame and success. “Life is filled with ups and downs, and we must learn to appreciate both happiness and sadness. Gratitude should outweigh lamentation, as nothing in life remains permanent,” she shares.

As for her emotional and dramatic scenes, Somy reveals that she avoids using glycerin, following the teachings of acting schools in the US. “In my films, I only used glycerin once, except in Mumbai, where Om Puri ji and Jeetu (Jeetendra) ji supported and mentored me in dialogue delivery. They taught me valuable lessons about performance, and I cherish those experiences,” she recalls.

Somy Ali’s journey from being inspired by her idols to making her mark as a talented actor and humanitarian is a testament to her resilience and dedication. As she continues to empower and inspire others through her NGO, her passion for acting remains a cherished part of her remarkable journey.

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