‘The Family Man’ actor Priyamani, who has received rave reviews for her performance in the hit web series, is hitting headlines yet again, but this time for the wrong reasons.
Priyamani’s marriage to Mustafa Raj has been challenged by the latter’s first wife Ayesha, who has claimed that Mustafa is still married to him. As per a report in ETimes, Ayesha has filed a criminal case against Priyamani and Mustafa saying that he has not separated from her legally and therefore, his marriage to Priyamani is illegal. Ayesha has also filed a case of Domestic Violence against Mustafa. The cases are filed in Magistrate Courts.
However, as per what Mustafa told ETimes in an exclusive interaction, Ayesha and he started living separately in 2010 and got divorced in 2013. He later tied the knot with Priyamani in 2017.
But, Ayesha has alleged that she and Mustafa have not filed for divorce. Mustafa and Ayesha have two kids.
“Mustafa is still married to me. Mustafa and Priyamani’s marriage is invalid. We have not even filed for divorce and while marrying Priyamani, he declared in the court that he was a bachelor,” Ayesha told ETimes.
In a telephonic conversation, Mustafa told the publication, “The charges against me are false. I am paying the children’s maintenance to Ayesha regularly. She is simply trying to extort money from me.” “My marriage with Priyamani happened in 2017, why was Ayesha quiet for so long?” he asked.
In reply, Ayesha has said that Mustafa is using the fact that she has kept quiet so so long against her. “As a mother of two children, what can you do? One tries to sort it out amicably but only when it doesn’t work out, some steps need to be taken because you don’t want to lose out on time which he has been using against me now,” she said.
Priyamani, a National-award winner and cousin of actor Vidya Balan, rose to fame and became known to pan-Indian audiences after appearing in Amazon Prime Video’s The Family Man also starring Manoj Bajpayee.
Previously, she has appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films.