Even though Mohit Raina had previously acted in serials like Chehra and Ganga Kii Dheej, the TV actor became a household name only when he played the role of Lord Shiva in Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev. While he was complimented for his performance, his six-pack and chiselled physique generated more interest. In fact, he has been showing off his body even on his new show, which is a historical drama. “I don’t feel shy when I get compliments, but I don’t know how to react to them. I get embarrassed, especially when young girls use certain words. Most of them don’t say, ‘You are good looking.’ They say, ‘You have a hot body’, and many other such things, which can be a bit too much at times,” says Mohit, laughing.
However, the 33-year-old has no issues with the attention his physique attracts. In fact, he says his body has been an important part of the characters he plays. “If you play a regular guy, a boy next door, you might not need a certain physique to look convincing. But the roles I play need a certain physicality, body language and attitude. Only then can you essay them convincingly,” says the actor.
However, he says that a ripped body like his doesn’t come easy, and “one has to work really hard” for it. “Maintaining this physique while shooting for a daily soap is very tough. We have hectic schedules that last for 14-15 hours a day. But that’s where your passion towards your work comes in. It is not easy. You are not only physically, but mentally exhausted in the end. But you still have to look good. That process is draining. But then, if your character is loved by the audience, and your journey has been fruitful, then it all seems worth the effort,” he says.