Milind Soman talks about what sets him ticking and what ticks him off
Bemusement tinted with mockery shines through his dark shades. And why is he looking so amused? Actor-model Milind Soman replies, “It’s better than crying.” He might be discomfited at the scuffle and chaos, but he uses humour to save the situation.
In the Capital, recently, the actor, with his carefully unkempt appearance, scans the room for posters of his forthcoming movie ‘Bhram.’ But only finds posters of jewels. “Our system gives us mediocrity. There are very few people I can say who actually care about their work,” he asserts. Clearly, Milind is not worried about raising a few eyebrows and ruffling more feathers. Having worked in two foreign productions, this actor feels that productions across the border tend to be more efficient. Milind’s foreign films include the French production ‘Valley of Flowers’ and the Swedish film ‘Arn – The Knight Templar.’
‘Brahm,’ he says, is based on an incident in the past. Different people look at the same incident differently. He found it thrilling to work with director Pawan Kaul, who was always full of ideas. He explains: “I play the character of Dewendra Rawal. He is an orphan. But also a confident businessman. He has brought up his brother. What is the truth lies between two bhram (illusion).” Well known actress Simone Singh plays his love interest while Dino Morea plays the younger brother who has another model-turned actress Sheetal Menon cast opposite him.
Is his unkempt look an attempt to create an illusion? Dismissing the the new look, saying he wanted to try something new, the actor adds devilishly, “Maybe somewhere deep down I wanted to look ugly.” He was recently seen in a brief appearance in ‘Bheja Fry’ and ‘Say Saalam India.’ Not known for doing many roles in a year, he says he prefers to be choosy.NANDINI NAIR