India’s original supermodel, Milind Soman has been scorching our screens long before he appeared in Alisha Chinai’s iconic number, Made In India. The model-turned-actor recently celebrated his 55th birthday and he posted a picture of himself running in the nude on a beach. Netizens were thrilled, of course, but even as the likes mounted on the photograph, it caused a controversy (of course, it did) and subsequently, an FIR was registered against him.

An FIR under Section 294 of the IPC along with other relevant sections of the IT Act was registered against Milind Soman at the Colva police station in South Goa district.

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Soman has reacted to the hungama his nude picture seems to have caused. “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,” he told Hindustan Times.

“Some people said, ‘My mother is on Instagram.’ I said, ‘Yes, so she shouldn’t open certain pages’,” he added.

The model-turned-actor also revealed, in an Instagram post, how he used to be a “really shy boy” and that he was paid Rs 50,000 for an hour’s work for his first-ever modelling shoot.

“My first advertisement campaign 1989! Before this campaign, I did not even know that modelling was a profession. It was a surprise phone call, out of the blue, from a person who had seen me somewhere, asking me to shoot a few pics. Having been a really shy boy, I was reluctant. But when they offered Rs 50,000 for an hours work, I had to say yes. thank you Rasna Behl,” he wrote.

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