India’s most eligible bachelor Milind Soman has never been candid about his love for his young bride-to-be Ankita Konwar. Despite being the subject of severe criticism over his 21-year age gap, Milind continued listening to his heart and dating Ankita, a woman half his age. Their romance is finally seeing good times and the two were looking excited at their Haldi and Mehndi ceremony yesterday in Alibaug, a coastal town just south of Mumbai.
However, Ankita is definitely not Milind’s first love interest and infact, he’s a divorced man as well (we’ll get to that later). She’s not the first woman in his life with such an incredible age gap. There have been some women before his current relationship, who have been much younger to him. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane, and look at some of these rumored/confirmed past flings:
1. Shahana Goswami – 21 years age gap
The duo featured together on a magazine cover looking and sounding every bit the perfect couple and even attended several events together. The romance between Milind and Shahana caught the limelight since 2010. While they personally were never affected by it, the 21-year gap between their ages wasn’t accepted. According to sources, actress Shahana was keen to get married to Milind who was recently divorced, but he was not ready to commit so soon. Hence, the cracks in the relationship occurred before any serious commitment.
2. Dipannita Sharma – 14 years age gap
Milind was rumored to be dating his co-star from two movies, Dipannita Sharma. Their rumored affair was the talk of town throughout the 2000s. They together starred in 16 December (2002) and Jodi Breakers (2012), both duds at the box office. However, their relationship sparked rumors in 2002 after their on-screen chemistry was spotted. Between, Dipannita attended her ex-beau’s Mehndi celebrations yesterday in Alibaug!
3. Gul Panag – 13 years age gap
It was speculated as far back as 2005, that Milind and dimpled Gul Panag were an item, after they starred in a film called ‘Jurm’. Though Milind himself denied the relationship status, stating that they only shared a “professional” relationship, the rumours never died down until lately. The two have since shared many public platforms together, including breast cancer awareness campaigns etc. But they made a cute pair, didn’t they?
4. Mylene Jampanoi – 15 years age gap
Last but not the least, this relationship finally made Milind enter wedlock. French actress Mylene Jampanoi is Milind’s first wife. They met during Valley of Flowers shoot in 2006 and entered into marriage the same year at a tourist resort in Goa. But shortly after, they called it splits villa after two years crediting it to their long distance relationship. The couple got officially divorced in 2009.
While these woman captured Milind’s hearts long ago, it’s good to see that they maintain a good rapport with him. It only proves that Milind knows how to keep his woman happy. Meanwhile, we hope his union with Ankita proves to be longer than one hopes for.
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