Milind Soman

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Milind Soman
Milind Soman at the NDTV Marks for Sports event 12.jpg
Soman at the 2012 NDTV Marks for Sports event
Born
NationalityIndian
OccupationSwimmer, model, actor, film producer, reality television personality, marathon runner
Spouse(s)Mylene Jampanoi (m. 2006–div. 2009)
Ankita Konwar (m. 2018)

Milind Soman is an Indian model, actor, film producer and fitness promoter.

Personal life[edit]

Soman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His family moved to England where he lived until the age of seven, then his family moved back to Mumbai, India in 1973. He attended Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School and Jr. College of Commerce, Mumbai. Soman was enrolled in a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's shakha by his father, when he was 10 years old.[1] Later, he completed his Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

Milind Soman met Mylene Jampanoi, a French actress, on the sets of their 2006 film, Valley of Flowers. The couple married in July 2006 at a resort in Goa. Milind and Mylene decided to part ways in 2008. The couple divorced in 2009.[2]

He married Ankita Konwar on 22 April 2018 in Alibaug.[3]

Career[edit]

Soman turned to modelling in 1988. Soman featured in Alisha Chinai's music video, Made in India (1995). In the mid-1990s after some time working as a model, he took the lead role in the Indian science fiction TV Series Captain Vyom and also played part in the TV series Sea Hawks. He then focused on films starting in 2000. Soman's films include 16 December, Pachaikili Muthucharam, Paiyaa, Agni Varsha and Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula. 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 language films and television series, 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. He was also seen in a character role in the 2016 Hindi film Bajirao Mastani.

Soman was the producer of the Hindi film Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula (2003). He has also produced a children's television serial called Ghost Bana Dost.[4]

In 2010, he participated as a contestant in the reality TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 3), He came in fourth position.

Sports[edit]

Milind Soman
Soman in 2011.

Milind is an avid sportsman. He started swimming at age of 6 and he has been an international level swimmer. He started representing Maharashtra from the age of 10 at various age groups before going on to represent his state at senior level where he went on to hold the national swimming championship (senior men's) title for four consecutive years (1984-87) before giving up competitive swimming in 1988. Soman represented India in swimming in the inaugural South Asian Games (then known as South Asian Federation Games) in 1984 held at Kathmandu where he won a Silver medal.[5] In 2015, Milind completed the Ironman challenge in 15 hours and 19 minutes , in his first try.[6] The triathlon includes a 3.8-km swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run raced in that order without a break which the participants are required to complete within 17 hours to win the title of 'Ironman'. The title 'Ironman' is given to every person who achieves the feat within the given time.

Controversy[edit]

Milind Soman and his then-girlfriend, Madhu Sapre, an ex-Miss India and model, attracted controversy in India, when the pair posed nude in a print ad for Tuffs 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.[7] The case dragged on for 14 years, after which the courts acquitted the accused.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
2018 Hamara Tiranga Arjun Hindi
2017 Mukti General Jacob English Short film
2017 Chef Biju Hindi
2015 Bajirao Mastani Ambaji Pant Hindi [9]
2015 Nagrik Vikas Patil Marathi
2013 Samhita The king Marathi
2013 Alex Pandian Alvin Martin Tamil
2013 David The gangster Hindi
2012 Jodi Breakers Marc Hindi
2012 Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter Abdul Rahman English
2011 Vithagan Badri Tamil
2010 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Saladin Swedish
2010 Nakshatra Inspector Gupte Hindi
2010 Paiyaa Baali Tamil
2009 Shadow Rahul Kapoor Hindi
2009 Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish Hindi
2009 Gandha: Smell Sarang Marathi
2009 Satyameva Jeyathe Telugu
2009 The Flag Arjun Hindi
2008 Bhram Devendra Hindi
2007 Arn - Tempelriddaren Saladin Swedish
2007 Bheja Fry Anant Ghoshal Hindi
2007 Say Salaam India Harry Oberoi Hindi
2007 Pachaikili Muthucharam Lawrence Tamil
2006 Katputtli Arjun Hindi
2006 Valley of Flowers Jalan Hindi/Japanese
2005 Bhagmati[10] Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah Hindi
2005 Jurm Rohit Hindi
2004 Surya Surya Hindi
2003 Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula Vikram Varma Hindi Also producer[11]
2002 Agni Varsha Arvasu Hindi
2002 16 December Vikram Hindi
2002 Pyar Ki Dhun[10] Rohit Hindi
2000 Tarkieb[10] Captain Ajit Verma Hindi


Television[edit]

Year Show Role Language Notes
1995 A Mouthful of Sky Akash Bhandarkar[12] English
1996 Daayra[13] Hindi
1997–1998 Vakaalat[10] Hindi
1997–1998 Sea Hawks Vikram Rajpoot Hindi
1997 Margarita[10] Pedro Hindi Also producer
1997–1999 Tanha[10] Hindi
1998–1999 Captain Vyom[10] Captain Vyom Hindi
2000–2001 Noorjahan[14] Salim Hindi
2000 Deewarein[13] Hindi
2006–2007 Ghost Bana Dost Hindi Producer[15]
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Contestant Hindi
2012 MTV Rush Himself Hindi Also producer
2017–2018 India's Next Top Model Judge English
Hindi
2019 MTV Supermodel of the Year[16] Judge English
Hindi
2019-present Four More Shots Please! Dr. Aamir Warsi[17] English
Hindi

References[edit]

  1. ^ World, Republic (10 March 2020). "Milind Soman shares anecdotes of training with RSS in memoir, compares it to 'Desi Scouts'". Republic World.
  2. ^ "Milind and Mylene part ways". The Times of India. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 31 December 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar to exchange wedding vows in Alibaug today". The Times of India. 22 April 2018. Archived from the original on 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Milind Soman to produce TV series for children". ApunKaChoice.Com. 18 July 2006. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  5. ^ Namaste TV (5 December 2016). "Milind Soman LIVE - Full Episode - (HUAWEI Namaste TV Show)". Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "TV's 'Captain Vyom' Milind Soman turns Ironman - Times of India". indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Tuff shoes case: Madhu, Milind plead not guilty". The Times of India. 29 October 2004. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  8. ^ "It's a big relief: Milind Soman". The Times of India. 1 December 2009. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Milind Soman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani". bollywoodhungama.com. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "rediff.com, Movies: The Milind Soman interview". www.rediff.com.
  11. ^ "Life, the Milind Soman way - Times of India". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "First of Many: Milind Soman revisits A Mouthful of Sky". 18 March 2020.
  13. ^ a b "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Television". www.tribuneindia.com.
  14. ^ "Model Milind Soman to play Salim in serial Noorjahan on DD1". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  15. ^ "StarOne unveils Milind Soman production 'Ghost Bana Dost'". 4 December 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Supermodel of the Year 2019 Judges". Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Four More Shots Please! season 2 confirmed by Amazon Prime Video. Check out first pics". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2019.

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