Samir Soni

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Samir Soni
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Samir Soni at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch
Born New Delhi, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar (divorced)
Neelam Kothari (2011–present)
Children Ahana Soni

Samir Soni (born New Delhi) is an Indian film and television actor and a former model.[1][2]

Soni made his acting debut with a television serial Samandar in 1995. He acted in numerous television serials and moved to Bollywood in 1998, starring as one of the eleven protagonists in China Gate (1998). He played lead roles in the films Basti (2003) and Kahan Ho Tum (2003) and supporting roles in Baghban (2003), Vivah (2006), Fashion (2008) and I Hate Luv Storys (2010).

Soni's television serials include Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003), Saaksshi (2004) and Parichay (2011). He was also featured as a participant in the fourth season of Bigg Boss in 2010. Soni was playing the lead role in Ekta Kapoor's Indian soap opera Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka on Colors TV (2013) which earned him the Indian Telly Award for Best Actor, Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actor (Jury), ITA Award for Best Actor - Drama (Popular) and others in 2012.


Soni was born to a Hindu family in Delhi and attended school at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Economics.

Prior to his Bollywood career, Samir was an investment banker in New York, before coming back to India to start modeling. He has attended acting courses in New York and Los Angeles.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sameer Soni with wife Neelam Kothari at Kallista Spa opening

Through modeling, he met Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar.[3] The two were married for six months before they divorced.[3]

On 24 January 2011, he married former actress Neelam Kothari.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Television (1995–present)[edit]

Soni made his acting debut in the 1995 Hindi serial Samandar based on Navy officers. Later that year, he appeared as Ashok Mathur in Doordarshan's A Mouthful Of Sky, based on Ashok Banker's script and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Soni later appeared in the TV shows Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin and Saakkshi, with both airing on Sony.[5] and the TV show Kumkum on STAR Plus, portraying the Yash Thakur.

In 2010, Samir Soni was featured as one of the contestants in the season 4 of reality television show Bigg Boss. He was evicted from the house a week prior to the grand finale.[6] In 2011, Soni earned his first lead role in TV serial Parichay on Colors TV, portraying the protagonist, lawyer Kunal Chopra. He has won several awards for that portrayal including the Indian Telly Award for Best Actor.

Movies (1998–present)[edit]

After working in television, Soni made his film debut as a lead actor opposite Mamta Kulkarni in China Gate (1998),[7][8] though it was followed by forgettable cameos in films.[2]

In 2003, Samir shot to fame by appearing in the film Baghban. He then played his first solo lead roles in Basti and Kahan Ho Tum.[9][10][11]

Soni continued his movie career with supporting roles in movies including Vivah, Fashion and I Hate Luv Storys.


Year Show/Film Role Notes
1995 Samandar Navy officer
1996 A Mouthful of Sky Ashok Mathur [2]
1998 China Gate Uditanshu Tandon [7]
2001 Lajja Manish [12]
2002 Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum Sameer Shastri [13]
2003 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin Purab Mehra [5]
2003 Dance Like A Man Vishal [14]
2003 Kahan Ho Tum Jai [9]
2003 Basti Ramesh "Rama" Kulkarni [10]
2003 Baghban Sanjay Malhotra [11]
2004 Saaksshi Shekhar Sengupta
2004 Dil Kya Chahta Hai Ram
2005 Kumkum Yash Thakur
2006 Vivah Sunil [15]
2008 Cracking The Code host
2008 Fashion Rahul Arora [16]
2010 I Hate Luv Storys Veer Kapoor
2010 Bigg Boss (season 4) Sameer Soni
2011–2013 Parichay Kunal Chopra
2013 I, Me Aur Main Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Show Result
2011 Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Personality (Male) Parichay Won[17]
Most Lokpriya Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure
2012 The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure
11th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Popular) Won[19]
Best Onscreen Couple
Along with Keerti Nagpure
5th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won[20]
12th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Won[21]
People's Choice Awards India Favourite Drama Actor Nominated[22]
Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Janbaaz Personality Won
Most Lokpriya Personality (Male) Nominated
Most Lokpriya Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure
2013 Kalakar Awards Best Actor (Popular) Won
Best Onscreen Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure


  1. ^ "Samir Soni". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Samir Soni Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Samir Soni". Sawf News. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Neelam-Sameer to tie the knot tonite!". rediff. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin". Internet Movie Database. 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ "It sucks to be out: Sameer Soni". Hindustan Times. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "China Gate". Internet Movie Database. 1998. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  8. ^ Samir Soni Sify, 12 January 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Kahan Ho Tum". Internet Movie Database. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  10. ^ a b "Basti". Internet Movie Database. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Baghban". Internet Movie Database. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  12. ^ "Lajja". Internet Movie Database. 19 September 2001. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  13. ^ "Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum". Internet Movie Database. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  14. ^ "Dance Like A Man". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Vivah". Internet Movie Database. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  16. ^ "Fashion". Internet Movie Database. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Winners of Golden Petal Awards,2012". 
  18. ^ "Nominations of Global Indian Film & TV Honours,2012". 
  19. ^ a b "Samir Soni wins Best Actor (Popular) at 11th Indian Telly Awards for Parichay". 
  20. ^ "Samir Soni wins Best Actor (Critics) at Gold Awards,2012 for Parichay". 
  21. ^ "Samir Soni wins Best Actor at ITA 2012 for Parichay". 
  22. ^ "Nominees of People's Choice Awards,2012". 

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