"Why wouldn't I put it on my Instagram page?"
Indian model and actor Milind Soman has defended his nude photo after coming under scrutiny for it.
On November 4, 2020, Soman celebrated his 55th birthday by sharing the nude image with his followers.
In the image, Milind Soman is seen sprinting nude down the beach.
The picture was taken by his wife Ankita Konwar.
He captioned it: “Happy birthday to me!”
The image attracted more than 150,000 likes and thousands of comments by his fans who praised his physique.
It also attracted a police complaint. Political party Goa Suraksha Manch insisted that Soman had indulged in public obscenity.
On November 6, 2020, an FIR (First Incident Report) was filed for Milind under Section 294 (obscenity) of the Indian Penal Code.
Finally speaking up on the backlash of his photo the actor shared in a recent interview:
“If you know someone who has done naked photography before, he is quite likely to do it again.
“Why not? Because he doesn’t see anything wrong with it.
“I have done it commercially, for magazines, for newspapers, I have done it as a model, as an actor, I have done sex scenes.
“Why wouldn’t I put it on my Instagram page? If you don’t want to follow me, don’t follow me.”
Milind added: “Last week, Jennifer Lopez put up a naked picture on her 50th birthday. On Instagram.
“What do people have to say about that?
“The fact is, the line is in your head what is art, what is vulgarity, what is an obscenity and what is not.”
“It is so subjective and it changes every day.”
Milind was referring to the following picture of Jennifer Lopez uploaded on Instagram:
Speaking further in his thoughts on censorship on the Internet, Milind said it was meaningless:
“Today, the internet is there. Like, when someone tells me, ‘Oh, you uploaded a naked picture!’
“Yes, uploaded where? On Instagram, which has not removed it, so they don’t care.
“If you search #naked on Instagram, there will be more than 10 million photographs. So, you have to decide.
“You hashtagged naked and pressed the search button, that is your choice. If you don’t do it, you won’t see it.”
On the work front, the Bollywood actor will next be seen in ZEE5 and AltBalaji’s new production Paurashpur.
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Paurashpur is a bold story, dealing with love, lust, revenge and gender politics.
Set against the backdrop of 16th century India, it narrates the story of a kingdom where women have no freedom to make decisions.
Milind is seen playing the role of transgender character ‘Boris’.
In fact, the first look of the 55-year-old actor received huge acclaim and praise.
It showed him sporting a gold nose pin, jewellery as well as a bindi while his face is smeared with vermilion.
Talking about his role, Milind shared:
“I like working on interesting and challenging fictional characters, as it allows me to explore a new world every time.
“I am happy that so many people have appreciated the look of my character, and I hope they love the show too.”
Directed by Shachindra Vats, Paurashpur will start streaming on December 29 on streaming platform ZEE5.