I like acting but I can’t do it full time…it’s disorienting, says Milind Somanon July 30, 2015 at 5:50 am
At 49, Milind Soman ended one of the most difficult races in the world recently, called the Ironman Triathlon. Held in Zurich, the race includes a 3.8 km swim, a bike ride 180.2 kilometers and 42.2 kilometers of running without a break. Now, back in India, former model talks about being addicted to marathons, boring fashion of India, and disorienting world of movies. Why did you start running? I started running in 2003 and the big trigger was the Mumbai marathon. I always wanted to run a marathon, but nobody ran in India. Then it happened in my town and I had to. I trained for three months on the treadmill and after finishing the half marathon, I was addicted. It is my lifestyle now. When did you start training for the Ironman? Last year, all my friends started asking me how I was doing my 50th special year. It is a milestone, so I decided to take a challenge. It had to be a physical. Someone suggested the Ironman, but I was not really interested initially because I do not like cycling. I trained for 80 days – my daily routine is on Facebook. What was the hardest bit about this training? Do it every day. The exercise is more in the mind. Your body will do if your mind is disciplined. Why do not you ever see on the ramp? The ramp actually does not interest me. If the designs were exciting, I would. I find the level of creativity high enough to be associated with it. Indian fashion seems to have stalled a bit, since the late 80’s. I was on the ramp about 20 years ago, and after a couple of reasons. The last time I went in 2007, for 20 years Ensemble, the multi-boutique designer Tina Tahiliani. There is a photograph of Arjun (Rampal), Dino (Morea) and on the ramp, wearing sherwanis by Rohit Bal. Their growing years were far from the world of modeling. My family is completely academic. My grandparents were doctors, my mother used to teach biochemistry, my father was a nuclear scientist. I also studied engineering, but I was swimming well. I swam until 23, then spent modeling. The era of the supermodel had ended with his lot. Tell us a little about the fashion industry in the 80’s When I started modeling, I did not even know it was a trade, and who paid for it. When I started doing fashion, there were 25 models that make all the shows, and maybe four male models. I was one of them. It was a totally different world for me. My friend had to go to a modeling audition, but he sent me instead. This was 1987; I paid 50,000 rupees. Just he took off from there. Almost no models or designers. So, we used to go everywhere – Dubai, Bangkok, London. I modeled for seven years in total, of which three years I was in Europe, from 1991to ’93. Tell us about your role in Bajirao Mastani. I am about to finish shooting. I am a friend and mentor of Bajirao. It is a love story and I’m not one of the lovers, so it’s a small role. What are the other projects you’re working? I’m working on a tribal festival in running barefoot in Coorg in November. I run barefoot, and wanted to do something. I’ve been interested in medicine and tribal tribal food, basically eat insects. I decided to put the two together for a tribal pride festival. What are your plans for cinema? I would definitely produce. I like acting, but I can not do it full time. I go crazy because it’s not real. When I go to a movie set, it’s another world, is a cocoon. It’s disorienting, I have to go back to this, do something real. I Pinkathon, an events company, a foundation and a production house. I need that kind of variety in my life. This is the third year of Pinkathon. Tell us a bit about your evolution. Pinkathon platform is mainly women, which has come to be associated with breast cancer awareness. The response has been phenomenal. We have more than 200 ambassadors in India. As we move forward, Pinkathon address more issues centered woman.