Samir Soni

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Samir Soni
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Samir Soni at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch
Born Samir Soni
(1970-09-29) 29 September 1970 (age 44)
London, UK
Nationality British
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar (divorced)
Neelam Kothari (2011–present)

Samir Soni (born 29 September 1970 in London, England)[1] is an English film and television actor and a former model.

Soni made his debut in the Hindi serial Samandar based on Navy officers. In 1996, he appeared as Ashok Mathur in Doordarshan's A Mouthful Of Sky. He made his film debut in China Gate, which was followed by cameo appearances. In 2003, Soni appeared in the film Baghban and played lead roles in Basti and Kahan Ho Tum. In that same year, Soni also worked in the television series Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. In 2004, he worked in a Saaksshi. Soni featured as one of the contestants in the reality television show Bigg Boss 4 in 2010.[2]

Soni was playing the lead role in Ekta Kapoor's Indian soap opera Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka (2013) which earned him the Indian Telly Award for Best Actor,[3] and ITA Award for Best Actor - Drama (Popular) in 2012.[4]

Sameer Soni with wife Neelam Kothari at Kallista Spa opening

Soni attended school at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Economics.[2] He was an investment banker in New York. He attended acting courses while in both New York and Los Angeles.[2]

Through modeling, he met Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar.[5] The two were married for six months before they divorced.[5] On 24 January 2011, he married former actress Neelam Kothari.[6] After 2 years of marriage, they decided to adopt a baby girl on 2 September 2013 and named her Ahana.


Year Show/Film Role Notes
1995 Samandar Navy officer
1996 A Mouthful of Sky Ashok Mathur [7]
1998 China Gate Uditanshu Tandon [8]
2001 Lajja Manish [9]
2002 Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum Sameer Shastri [10]
2003 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin Purab Mehra [11]
2003 Dance Like A Man Vishal [12]
2003 Kahan Ho Tum Jai [13]
2003 Basti Ramesh "Rama" Kulkarni [14]
2003 Baghban Sanjay Malhotra [15]
2004 Saaksshi Shekhar Sengupta
2004 Dil Kya Chahta Hai Ram
2005 Kumkum Yash Thakur
2006 Vivah Sunil [16]
2008 Cracking The Code host
2008 Fashion Rahul Arora [17]
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

Year Award Category Show Result
2011 Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Personality (Male) Parichay Won[18]
Most Lokpriya Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure
2012 The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Popular) Won[3]
Best Onscreen Couple
Along with Keerti Nagpure
Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won[20]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Won[4]
People's Choice Awards India Favourite Drama Actor Nominated[21]
Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Jaanbaaz Personality Won[22]
Most Lokpriya Personality (Male) Nominated
Most Lokpriya Jodi
Along with Keerti Nagpure


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

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