Thursday, July 23, 2015

Milind Soman celebrates his 50th birthday by winning world’s toughest ‘Ironman Triathlon’ title!

50 years is an age that is regarded universally as the beginning of dotage but Bollywood actor, model, former national level swimmer, a fitness fanatic and now an athlete, Milind Soman at the age of 50 has won ‘Ironman Triathlon Title,’ considered as world’s toughest race that examines the endurance and stamina of a man to the hilt. 

Elated at the success of winning the elusive title, Milind Soman told media, “I wanted to gift myself something special on my 50th year and I am glad I could do fulfill my mission.” 

Briefing about Triathlon Race, Milind Soman informed, “Triathlon Race is organized by World Triathalon Corporation and the reason why it is regarded as ‘Toughest Race’ is because it has to be completed within 16 hours and the participant has to perform three different categories of races that includes a 3.8-km swim, 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run.”

“All these races are to be performed non-stop without rest or any break thus testing the real strength and potency of the participants,” he added. 

Held in Zurich in Switzerland on July 19, Milind Soman completed the astonishing feat in 15 hours and 19 minutes. 

Milind Soman’s triumph is thus a real inspiration for not just for the youths but even the middle aged, who get fatigued by just the office routine work.

Stimulating all Indians to keep fit and healthy Milind Soman said, “It is not ‘impossible’ to achieve the feat at 50 because if one monitors his body sufficiently at every stage in terms of nutrition and pace then it is easy to accomplish a ‘dream’ body.”

However Milind Soman informs that to realize his dream of winning the ‘Ironman Triathlon Title’ he had to follow a really rigorous fitness schedule and nutritious diet. 

He said, “I prepared really hard and started my training for ‘Mission Ironman Zurich’ three months in advance. I began my rigorous training from April 15 with utter dedication and commitment but I am happy, my efforts paid and I achieved my dream.”

After Sridevi, Vidya Balan to play Charlie Chaplin on screen

Indian Cinema is recognized for being intensely inspired by Hollywood hence getting inspired by Hollywood’s greatest comedian cum filmmaker Charlie Chaplin is nothing surprising. 

Since the early 50’s when Raj Kapoor modeled his simpleton character in SHREE 420 till date multiple talented actors of Indian cinema like famous Bollywood comedian Mehmood in AULAD, South superstar Chiranjeevi in CHANTABBAI, Kamal Haasan in PUNNAGAI MANNAN, Sridevi in MR INDIA, and Ranbir Kapoor in BARFI have tried to ape the legendary comedian on Indian screen. 

The latest to join the bandwagon is Bollywood’s heartthrob Vidya Balan, who would be paying tribute to Charlie Chaplin, in the Hindi remake of Malayalam film BUDDHANUM CHAPLINUM CHIRIKKUNNU (Buddha and Chaplin Smile) directed by R. Sarath. The film pays homage to Charlie Chaplin on completion of hundred years of his acting career.

Filmmaker R. Sarath confirmed media that he has approached Vidya Balan to play the title role of Chaplin and she has agreed.

It may be noted Vidya Balan too has been excited to play the role of Charlie Chaplin ever she saw her favorite actress Sridevi mimicking Chaplin in MR.INDIA. In an interview she had confided, “I loved Sridevi as Charlie Chaplin in MR INDIA and I'd love to attempt Charlie Chaplin too. He has been a huge inspiration.” 

Filmmaker R. Sarath informed, “Actually the original Malayalam version has male actor (Famous Tamil comedian Indran) in the lead but since during the inauguration ceremony of an exhibition held in memory of the Charlie Chaplin, Vidya Balan had expressed her desire to play the legendary actor on-screen, hence I decided to cast her in movie. The Hindi version will thus be re-written to suit her.”

The film is not a biopic on Charlie Chaplin but is a hard-hitting and serious comment on budding artists who pursue blind imitation of their idol actors. 

The country is packed with several mimicry artist who imitate film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Kamal Hasaan, Shah Rukh Khan etc. and nurture dream of becoming big star like them on screen but eventually end up stranded in the twilight zone between real and unreal.