The city’s street markets, teeming with t-shirts in various colours, can very well testify to the popularity of Salman Khan's Being Human campaign. But over the past few months, news has been rife that Sallu launched his NGO after taking a cue from his ex-girlfriend Somy Ali’s campaign, Human Being that she had launched back in 2007.
The Florida-based Somy, however, is not amused with such reports. “Salman hasn’t copied the ‘Being Human’ moniker from me. ‘Human Being’ was just one of my t-shirt lines. It was never a big campaign like Salman’s Being Human initiative,” she insists.
“Salman is doing an absolutely commendable job with his charitable organisation. To put together a connection between the two is baffling and doesn’t make any sense. I am proud of him and the work he is doing for patients and education,” she says.
Somy also runs a clothing line So-Me Designs, that partially funds her non-profit-organisation No More Tears Inc. “Within So-Me, each of my tees address a specific human rights issue and Human Being was a range, which emphasised on human equality. I don’t know what the hue and cry is about,” she complains.For the time being, Somy is not looking to partner with Salman’s charity firms. "I’ve no such plans to partner with Being Human. Firstly, Being Human and my charities work on different missions. Also, my next target is to take my organisations outside Florida, in different parts of the US," she says.
Ask Somy if she plans to make a comeback in Bollywood and she smiles: “No. But I miss paani puris and food from Shiv Sagar. I’m keen to visit India again, since my friends too have been insisting that I come down.”