Sameer Soni was born to a Punjabi Hindu family in London, United Kingdom and attended school at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. Sameer graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in Economics. Through modeling, he met his ex-spouse, Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar. The two were married for six months before they divorced. He also dated late model, Nafisa Joseph. Since 2009, he has been reported to be in a relationship with former actress Neelam Kothari and would be marrying her.
Prior to his Bollywood career, Samir was an investment banker with one of the bulge bracket firms on Wall Street in New York, before coming back to India to start modeling. Sameer has attended acting courses in New York and Los Angeles. Soni made his debut in the Hindi serial Samandar based on Navy officers. In 1996, he appeared as Ashok Mathur in Doordarshan's A Mouthful Of Sky, based on Ashok Banker's script and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. He made his film debut opposite actress Mamta Kulkarni in China Gate (1998), though it was followed by forgettable cameos in films. In 2003, Samir shot to fame by appearing in the film Baghban and played lead roles in Basti and Kahan Ho Tum. Later, Sameer was seen in movies playing the roles of Sunil in Vivhah, Rahul Arora in Fashion and Veer Kapoor in I Hate Luv Storys.
Sameer came back to small screen as Purab Mehra in the popular television series Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin that aired on Sony TV. In 2004, he worked in another popular show called Saaksshi. Soni featured as one of the contestants in the reality television show Bigg Boss 4 in 2010. He was evicted from the house a week prior to the grand finale.
29th September 1968
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