Mohit Raina scaled new heights of success with his show, Mahadev. After a break of a year and a half, he is back on the tube with a historical show. Here, the actor talks about the paucity of good roles for male actors, and how he might make the transition to movies when the time is right.
The TV industry is fickle. Did you worry about being forgotten?
I don’t believe in the adage, “out of sight, out of mind”. Playing one role for over 800 episodes is a big deal. One needs a break after that to rejuvenate, and come back and do justice to the next project. I am a secure person. People know me, so I don’t need to keep talking about myself or my career.
There were reports that you were pursuing films during your break.
When the time comes, I will be part of the right project. It is not about films or TV, but about taking on the right project. Everything has to be in sync or there is no point in doing it. There are such great roles on TV. So, why would you want to go and do something in films? That is, of course, unless you have a substantial project in hand. Then you might make the transition, and when that time comes, I will make the switch. But, for now, TV is great.
Mahadev was such a huge show and garnered acclaim. Now that you are back with a historical show, did you miss the adulation when you were on a break?
Not really. I am aware that the adulation and reactions are for the entire project and a successful show not just due to one person. After Mahadev ended, I was travelling a bit and I wanted a break. Now I am thrilled to be part of this historical as I was following the show. The team told me that there was a lot to be explored on the show. On TV, one doesn’t get different roles to do. With TV, being a women-centric medium, men have very limited choices. So this is an exciting project.
Your personal life is talked about a lot. Being a public figure, is it tough to maintain privacy?
Yes, it is part and parcel of the industry. You have chosen this profession, and you have to pay the price for it. It’s not like you were unaware that celebs would be talked about. It is okay, as there is nothing one can do about it. But yes, considering that I don’t enjoy talking about my personal life and I like my own space, it is tough.
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