Milind Soman Recalls His Bond With Late Father, Says, “Never Had Affection For Him”

A father plays a very important role in a child’s life. From being a pillar of strength through all the ups and downs of life to providing his kids an emotionally secure childhood, life without father seems incomplete. But not every one of us is lucky enough to be bestowed with a father’s love throughout our lives.

Supermodel and Bollywood actor, Milind Soman who rarely speaks of his personal life, recently opened up about his bond with his father in an Instagram post.

“I had never had a great deal of affection for him, which is rather sad when you come to think of it because he cared deeply for me in his own way,” he wrote.

Recalling the last day of his father’s life, Milind wrote, “When he had moved out of home five years before he died, I remember feeling nothing but a huge sense of relief; as I sat by his prone form in the ambulance that was taking him to the hospital, I tried to muster up some warm emotion for him but did not succeed.”

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Friday Face!!!! . . . I sat up. In some dusty recess of my brain, a long-forgotten memory stirred and stretched. A marathon! There was something golden and heroic and mythical about the word itself, conjuring up visions of ancient Greece and unbowed heads and bloody battlefields. And I, thirty-seven years old, and at a point in my working life where things were good and steady but not particularly exciting, was ripe for a midlife crisis, a brand-new challenge, or both. My various careers in the glamour industry had each brought me a wealth of new experiences and a generous measure of fame and money and success, enough of it for me to realize that they weren’t the really important things. I had been looking for something more ‘real’, and now I had no more excuses—the marathon was coming to my own city. It would never get easier than this. I decided to sign up and train for it. ( excerpt from 'Made in India – a memoir' with Roopa Pai 😊 ) . . . If you want the book, find the link in bio – will sign it for you when we meet!!! 🌝🌝🌝

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“It was the end of an important and not always happy chapter in my life; fortunately for me, I was able to make my peace with it sooner rather than later. Right on the heels of my father’s passing came the music video,” he added.

Referring to his debut music video with pop star Alisha Chinai, Milind said, “Yup, that video. The one that single-handedly propelled the singer—the pint-sized, sweet-faced, ‘baby doll’ Alisha Chinai—into the stratosphere of musical fame. And turned me from a supermodel into something way bigger—a star.”

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The year 1995 was a very significant year for me in many, many ways. In January that year, my father died, leaving me with a bunch of mixed feelings to sort through, but not much grief. I had never had a great deal of affection for him, which is rather sad when you come to think of it, because he cared deeply for me in his own way. When he had moved out of home five years before he died, I remember feeling nothing but a huge sense of relief; as I sat by his prone form in the ambulance that was taking him to the hospital, I tried to muster up some warm emotion for him, but did not succeed. It was the end of an important and not always happy chapter in my life; fortunately for me, I was able to make my peace with it sooner rather than later. Right on the heels of my father’s passing came the music video. Yup, that video. The one that single-handedly propelled the singer—the pint-sized, sweet-faced, ‘baby doll’ Alisha Chinai—into the stratosphere of musical fame. And turned me from a supermodel into something way bigger—a star. (excerpt 'Made in India – a memoir ) . . . Now for a haircut 😆😆😆😆!!!!! 📷 @ankita_earthy

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Many found Milind’s post relatable and shared their stories in comments. Have a look:

It needs a great deal of courage to accept and open up about something so critical in life. Kudos, to Milind for speaking his mind in public!