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Milind Soman at the NDTV Marks for Sports event, July 2012
November 4, 1965 |
|Years active||late 1980s – present|
|Spouse(s)||Mylene Jampanoi (2006–2009)|
Milind Soman (Marathi: मिलिंद सोमण) (born 4 November 1965) is an Indian model, actor, and film producer.
Milind Soman was born in a Maharashtrian family in Scotland and lived in England until the age of seven, then his family moved back to India. He was a national-level swimmer for India and was then discovered as a model. For many years, Milind had a relationship with Madhu Sapre also a model.
In July 2006, Soman married Mylene Jampanoi, his French co-star in the film Valley of Flowers at a tourist resort in Goa. They had met on the set of the film. However the marriage only lasted until 2009 when they were divorced. He was in a relationship with Shahana Goswami, who is a Hindi film actress known for her major role in Rock On! The relationship broke up after a stretch of 4 years.
Soman was one of the earliest professional male models in India. His first significant work was to model in an advertising campaign for a clothing manufacturer. He quickly became one of the most successful models in the country. He rose to further fame while featuring in Alisha Chinai's superhit music video, Made in India (1995) which then made him a household name. In the mid-1990s after his rapid modeling fame, he started out with the titular role in the Indian science fiction TV Series Captain Vyom. He then focused on films starting in 2000. Soman's films include 16 December, Pachaikili Muthucharam, Paiyaa, Agni Varsha and Asoka. In 2007 he appeared in Bhram, Say Salaam India and Bheja Fry. In 2009 he acted in Sachin Kundalkar’s Marathi film Gandha. He has also acted in a number of English language and other foreign films, including Valley of Flowers and The Flag. In the Swedish film Arn – The Knight Templar he portrayed Saladin, the revered 12th-century Kurdish leader of the Arabs and Muslims.
In 2010, he participated as a contestant in the hit reality TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 3). He came in fourth position.
Soman starred in Jodi Breakers in 2012 which did not do well at the box-office.
On May 20, 2012 he became a Limca Record holder for running 1,500 km in 30 days for Greenathon, NDTV to spread environmental awareness. The same year the country's largest 'women's only' running event Pinkathon was set up under his guidance, to promote good health and breast cancer awareness amongst women.
Milind Soman and his ex-girlfriend, Madhu Sapre, an ex-Miss India and model, attracted controversy in India, when the pair posed nude in a print ad for Tuff Shoes. The social service branch of the Mumbai police had registered a case in August 1995 after Sapre and Soman posed in the nude, wearing only shoes and a python wrapped around them. Another case was filed under the Wildlife Protection Act against the advertising agency for illegal use of the python. The accused include the publishers and distributors of two magazines that featured the controversial ad, the advertising agency, the two models and the photographers. The case lasted for 14 years, after which the courts acquitted the accused.
|2013||Alex Pandian||Alvin Martin||Tamil|
|2009||Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish||Hindi|
|2009||Arn - Riket vid vägens slut||Saladin||Swedish|
|2007||Arn - Tempelriddaren||Saladin||Swedish|
|2007||Bheja Fry||Anant Ghoshal||Hindi|
|2007||Say Salaam India||Harry Oberoi||Hindi|
|2006||Valley of Flowers||Jalan||Hindi|
|2005||Bhagmati (film)||Prince Quli Qutb Shah|
|2003||Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula||Vikram Varma||Hindi||Also co-producer|
|2002||Pyaar Ki Dhun||Rohit||Hindi|
|2000||Tarkieb||Captain Ajit Verma||Hindi|
|1998||Captain Vyom||Captain Vyom||Hindi||TV Serial|
|1995||A Mouthful of Sky||Akash Bhandarkar||Hindi||TV Serial|
|Sea Hawks||Hindi||TV Serial|
- "Milind Soman marries French co-star Mylene Jampanoi". ApunKaChoice.Com. 18 Jul 2006. Retrieved 28 Dec 2011.
- "Milind Soman to produce TV series for children". ApunKaChoice.Com. 18 Jul 2006. Retrieved 28 Dec 2011.
- "Tuff shoes case: Madhu, Milind plead not guilty". The Times Of India. 29 Oct 2004. Retrieved 28 Dec 2011.
- "It’s a big relief: Milind Soman". The Times of India. 1 Dec 2009. Retrieved 28 Dec 2011.
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