Aamir Khan’s film ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ has hit the theaters on Thursday. And the film is getting mixed reviews from critics as well as audience and Milind Soman now has something to say about it.
Even before the film’s release, it faced a lot of ‘hatred’ from netizens as the call for ‘Boycott Laal Singh Chaddha’ was trending on social media ever since the film’s poster went public.
Many Bollywood stars came out in support of Aamir and even the actor himself requested people to watch the film before taking any decision.
Supermodel and actor Milind Soman also shared his views on this. Speaking exclusively to IANS, he said, “Trolls can’t stop a good film.” He further asked the filmmakers to work more on the script so that people are attracted to him despite the negative comments on social media.
Milind Sonam also spoke about his 15th August ‘Unity Run’ event.
Question: A trend has started on social media with the hashtag ‘Bollywood Boycott’. ‘Boycott Lal Singh Chaddha’ is also going on. Why is there so much hatred towards Bollywood and what needs to be done to stop it?
Reply to Milind Sonam: Not everyone can agree with everything. You like a film, but someone else may not like it… Today people have a voice and they will say whatever they want.
If some people don’t like someone, they’ll say we don’t like this person. If they don’t like someone’s idea, they’ll say we don’t like this person’s idea. Some people don’t like some politician, they will say that we don’t like this politician. But like I tweeted, trolls can’t stop a film from becoming a hit. Because people always watch good movies.
When there is a good story, people watch it. You’re not going to say ‘Oh, that’s an amazing movie, but we’re not going to see it because we don’t like the actor’. This never happened.
I believe that audiences are made up of three types of people. Some people like the film, some people who do not like the film and some trolls who do not watch the film at all. So that is what this is. I mean, how much can you value them? Be it ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ or ‘Raksha Bandhan’ or any other film that is coming, people are going to watch the film if it is good. Milind Soman added.
My tweet was not about any nationalist sentiment or anything. My tweet was actually about Indian filmmakers. Yes, if you make a good film, no one can stop you. People won’t say ‘Oh, I don’t like this actor so we won’t watch this movie’.
Suppose there are 20 actors in a movie and you don’t like one actor. What would you do? That’s why I am saying, work on a good script and people will like it.
Most of the scripts I get these days, I read it this way (with my hand on my forehead). I’m like, what are these people doing (laughs)? So all I am saying is to work on a good script. do a good job It will be successful. Milind Sonam concludes
Q: Is there a new project or film you are working on?
Milind Soman replied: Right now, I am doing a film and a web series. I am not allowed to talk about them. They’re the only ones I thought were very, very interesting, maybe because of the director, maybe because of the story. But about 80 percent of most of what I get I’ll say, I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’.
Question: From ‘Made in India’ to ‘Unity Run’. Or say, fitness icon from supermodel. How do you see your journey so far?
Milind Soman said: I actually did ‘Made in India’ after quitting modeling. I started modeling in 1989. And ‘Made in India’ came in 1995 when I stopped modeling.
I have always been a player. I started swimming at the age of nine and represented Maharashtra at the national level. I was a national champion until I was 23, which was 1989. And I started modeling after that, and that too by chance because someone just offered me a job that was interesting and the money was good. So I said yes. I knew what I could do.
You know, I can enjoy whatever life has to offer without thinking twice.
When it comes to encouraging people to stay fit, it happened just because people were interested in being fit. Till the mid 90s people didn’t think much about fitness or health or anything. I would say that’s when you started seeing actors build better physiques because they started exercising in the gym. And then slowly it became a big deal.
I think by the early 2000s, all actors should have a good physique. Being fit was something that was expected of actors, which was not there before or else. I mean, the learning made a big impact. When I was 50, I became Ironman.
I posted it on my Facebook page, just a simple message, and people went crazy, especially in the media. I was in Zurich, I had just finished the program and I put it on Facebook and almost immediately my phone started ringing. Every publication, every single news channel asked ‘How did you do it’?
I was like, okay, I’m 50 but I’ve always been like that and I enjoy doing these things. In 2012, I ran from Delhi to Bombay, but it was not such a big news because nobody cared. Three years later, I did Ironman, and it was huge. So it is all a question of how the mind of the public is changing.
Question: On August 15, you will be seen in action again. You will cover a distance of 420 km from Jhansi to Delhi in eight days. Tell me something about it?
Milind Soman’s reply: I started these special runs for Independence Day. Many other athletes and runners also joined me, so I decided that we should do it every year. I ran 70 kms on 70th Independence Day, 71 to 71 kms, etc.
On the 74th Independence Day last year, when the country was battling the deadly virus, I decided to celebrate the theme of unity, aiming to complete a race in eight days. I always celebrate Independence Day, but last year I wanted to make something more memorable. There was a lot of struggle going on, so I decided to take the theme of unity.