'16 December' your first feature film?
is my second feature film. Earlier I did a film called 'Tarkieb'.
It was two years ago. Since then I have done six films. This is
first of those six that is going to be released. All the six films
are ready for the release. Depending on when the producer feel
that this is the right time they will release these films.
different is acting from modeling?
as different as Rice and Chapati. Both are totally different.
do you like acting compared to modeling?
enjoy acting. It's completely challenging. Once you become to
understand what it is all about, the greatest challenge is to
create a character. And creating a character that is so definite
and so strong, once audience watch it on the screen they forget
whom the actor is performing the role. And if you can do that,
it would be an achievement for any actor.
different are the films you are doing compared to the mainstream
cinema that is released now a days?
don't know what the mainstream cinema is. If you say the mainstream
cinema is the mindless film, then its very different. Films I
am doing are commercial. Commercial in the sense that people would
enjoy watching these films. Its not that we have some masala put
from here and there. My films have very good story. They have
very good characters. There are very interesting situations. And
the presentation (how the film is narrated) is very exciting.
And to me if all these ingredients are present, then that film
is completely commercial.
what we have an idea of commercial film is that you put a song
there and fight here without having any story. That's what the
most of the producers thinks so. Thankfully, the audiences are
proving them wrong. That's why new filmmakers are coming up. New
stories are coming up. The whole film industry is changing. We
have a bright future for Indian cinema.
there any songs in 16 December?
There is only one lip-sink song and the rest of the songs are
there in the background, which are used to enhance the situation.
For example, there is an investigation montage. So the theme song
is playing in the background. There is a love song, also to enhance
the mood by showing the feelings of the girl, when her lover is
following another woman. Like most of the Hollywood films, there
are 8 to 10 songs in the background. But we don't realize it.
In our film also we have that kind of soundtrack.
you don't run around trees?
running around trees at all! In fact, in all the seven films done
by me so far I have not run around any trees. None of my directors
asked me to do that.
girls form modeling field have better chances of entering into
films compared to guys. Why is it so?
think, there is not much pressure on women. If you see Indian
films, most of the stories are about heroes. Of course, there
is no story. Basically, it's a promotional exercise for hero.
In the last 10 - 15 years, they are only trying to promote hero,
because they think the audience want to watch the hero singing
and dancing. So, going by that mindset all the pressure for the
film to be successful comes on the hero. The heroine is only there
to dance, sing and cry. Those roles are very simple. And there
is no responsibility that a heroine has to shoulder. Hence the
producers are willing to take models as heroine. But they are
not willing to take any risk of casting model as a hero.
then, there are lots of male model-turned actors are doing well.
Arjun Rampal is doing well. Rahul Dev has won awards. Doni Morea
is also doing well.
have lots of exposure as a model through ads and music video albums.
When audience comes to the theater they know Milind Soman by face.
What precautions you take to make sure that you super model image
does not overshadow the character you are playing.
have, in fact, thought about that a lot. Right from Tarkieb, in
the all films I have done so far I have completely non-glamorous
roles. I am a not a person from media. I am not famous. I am not
westernized. Like in this film I am playing an undercover agent
who is working as a private detective in Bombay. I have a beard
and I am not clean-shaven. I don't look like model. May be I look
good. But I make sure that my roles have no sophistication. I
am doing another film titled 'Agni Varsha', which is a mythological
film (pre Maha Bharat). I am playing a young Brahmin boy wearing
a Dhoti in that film. Obviously, I look different there. I am
also doing a film called 'Bhagmati', in which I am playing a research
student in a college along with Tabu. And half the film is historical,
which is completely animated. For the first time in India, there
is one and half-hour of animation in a film, which is done completely
in India. So, I am doing different characters with different outlook.
My looks are completely different from film to film from my hair
to how my body looks and my expressions. So I have taken care
of that. I don't think the viewers would not get disappointed
you call yourself as a Bollywood hero?
Not really! I want to play characters weather it's a negative
character, positive character or a side character.
are your predictions about the future of Bollywood?
I said you earlier, the future looks bright! The audience is becoming
more aware. They are demanding to see good stories and good scripts.
Not just the hero dancing around and flexing his muscles. With
the kind of new films coming up now, the audience is welcoming
the pleasant change. There is a film called 'Raaz' with new star
cast did extremely well at box office. People are shocked at how
well the film is doing. Even the film '16 December' is just released.
People are calling from all over India and telling me how well
the film is doing. It has no big star cast. Its just a beautiful
story interestingly told. And that's what counts.
you dub your voice or any dubbing artist does it for you?
I dub my voice myself. I also sung a song for '16 December', in
case if you are worried about my voice. It's there in the album.
We made a promotional video for the film. That song actually talks
about the film. Why we have terrorism? Why can't our country relationships
be good with other countries? Why are we searching for peace?
That song put some thoughts like this into the listeners. It's
playing on TV now. I don't know if you have seen it.
have seen it. But did not observe any thing abnormal in the voice.
I think that's a good compliment!
is your favorite pastime?
I am busy all the times by doing things I enjoy
Tell me what you do when you are not acting and modeling?
like to trek. I like to go outdoors a lot. I don't like to live
in the city. If I don't have time to go outdoors, then I sit at
home and read and listen to music.
kind of books do you read?
love to read fiction books. My favorite book is 'Human Bondage'
by Somerset Maugham. And my other favorite book is 'The lord of
the rings', which was made into a movie recently. I like science
fiction also. Agatha Christy is my favorite author.
are the good films watched by you in the past two years?
is one good Hindi film called 'Lagaan', which I liked a lot. There
is another very good film I saw '16 December' (grins). Among the
Hollywood films are The Others (Nicole Kidman) and 'The Lord of
do you think are the chances of 'Lagaan' winning an Oscar?
pretty difficult to say, because the films which are pitted against
it 'Amelie' and 'No man's land' are very beautiful films. I have
seen both of them. Lagaan is also an extraordinary film. I think
chances are even.