Milind Soman is an Indian supermodel, actor, film producer and fitness promoter.
Soman at the 2012 NDTV Marks for Sports event
|Occupation||Swimmer, model, actor, producer and reality television personality|
|Spouse(s)||Mylene Jampanoi (m. 2006–div. 2009)|
Ankita Konwar (m. 2018)
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. Later, he completed his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Veltech, Avadi.
Though Soman has an engineering diploma, he did not see himself making money out of it. Hence, he 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 Sea Hawks (TV series). 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.
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 20 May 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 is an avid and a very strong sportsman. 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. In India, he has been a Limca record holder for running 1,500 km in 30 days time, for greenathon and also the ambassador of Pinkathon, India's biggest 'women only' marathon. In 2015, Milind completed the Ironman challenge in 15 hours and 19 minutes, in his first try. 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.
In 2017 he successfully completed the Ultrathon in Florida that required covering a distance of 520 km in 3 days. A 10-kilometre swim and a 148-kilometre bike ride comprised the first day, while the second day involved a 276-kilometre bike ride. On the third and final day of the race, Soman completed an 84-kilometre run. He was the only participant to have completed bare foot.
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. The case dragged on for 14 years, after which the courts acquitted the accused.
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.
|2019||Four More Shots Please!||Dr. Aamir Warsi||Hindi||Web series|
|2017||Mukti||General Jacob||English||Short film|
|2015||Bajirao Mastani||Ambaji Pant||Hindi|||
|2013||Alex Pandian||Alvin Martin||Tamil|
|2012||Vodafone MTV Rush (TV Series) (Episode 2)||Self||Hindi||Also, producer|
|2012||Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter||Abdul Rahman||English|
|2010||Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi x 3 (TV Series)||Self (as contestant)||Hindi|
|2010||Arn - Riket vid vägens slut (TV Series) (Episodes 1, 3, 4 and 5)||Saladin||Swedish|
|2009||Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish||Hindi|
|2007||Arn - Tempelriddaren||Saladin||Swedish|
|2007||Bheja Fry||Anant Ghoshal||Hindi|
|2007||Say Salaam India||Harry Oberoi||Hindi|
|2006||Valley of Flowers||Jalan||Hindi/Japanese|
|2005||Bhagmati||Prince Quli Qutb Shah||Hindi|
|2003||Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula||Vikram Varma||Hindi||Also, co-producer|
|2002||Pyar Ki Dhun||Rohit||Hindi|
|2000-01||Noorjahan (TV Series)||Salim||Hindi|
|2000||Deewarein (TV Series)||Hindi|
|2000||Tarkieb||Captain Ajit Verma||Hindi|
|1998-99||Captain Vyom (TV Series)||Captain Vyom||Hindi||India's first ever Sci-Fi TV Series|
|1997-99||Tanha (TV Series)||Hindi|
|1997-98||Vakaalat (TV Series)||Hindi|
|1997-98||Sea Hawks (TV series)||Vikram Rajpoot||Hindi|
|1997||Movers & Shakers (TV Series)||Self||Hindi|
|1997||Margarita (Zee TV)||Pedro||Hindi||Also, producer|
|1995||A Mouthful of Sky (TV Series)||Akash Bhandarkar||English||India's first ever TV Series in English|
- "Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar to exchange wedding vows in Alibaug today". The Times of India. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
- "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.
- Namaste TV (5 December 2016). "Milind Soman LIVE - Full Episode - (HUAWEI Namaste TV Show)" – via YouTube.
- "TV's 'Captain Vyom' Milind Soman turns Ironman - Times of India". indiatimes.com.
- "Tuff shoes case: Madhu, Milind plead not guilty". The Times of India. 29 October 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "It's a big relief: Milind Soman". The Times of India. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "Milind and Mylene part ways". The Times of India. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
- "Milind Soman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani". bollywoodhungama.com. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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