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.
Now, 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.
Milind Soman went on to say that the line we draw against art, vulgarity and obscenity is in our head and is subjective and also tends to change from day to day.
“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,” he added.
Did he lie? We think not.