‘The Family Man’ actor Priyamani’s marriage to Mustafa Raj has been challenged by his first wife Ayesha, claiming that she is still married to him. Mustafa and Ayesha separated in 2013, and he married Priyamani in 2017. Ayesha has alleged that she and Mustafa have not even filed for divorce.
Priyamani, who is a cousin of actor Vidya Balan, became known to pan-Indian audiences after appearing in Amazon Prime Video's ‘The Family Man’, with Manoj Bajpayee. Prior to that, she had appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films. She is the recipient of a National Film Award.
In a recent interview, she had called Mustafa Raj her lucky charm. "Personally for me, I have become busier after marriage. So I always say I think Mustafa has been my lucky charm. I thank god that I go a wonderful partner like that who supports me in my work," she told Bollywood Bubble.
She made her acting debut through the 2003 Telugu film ‘Evare Atagaadu’. She gained widespread recognition for her role as village girl Muththazhagu in the Tamil romantic drama ‘Paruthiveeran’ in 2007, receiving a National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Tamil for her performance.
Her other notable works include ‘Raam’ (2009), ‘Raavan’ (2010), ‘Raavanan’ (2010), ‘Pranchiyettan & the Saint’ (2010), ‘Chaarulatha’ (2012) and ‘Idolle Ramayana’ (2016).
Apart from films, she has judged several dance reality shows across South Indian languages.
In 2014, she posed for a PETA ad campaign, asking the public to boycott zoos that feature caged tigers. She will also be seen in Zee 5's ‘His Storyy starring Venkatesh and Virataparvam alongside Rana Daggubati and SaiPallavi.