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Mohit Raina: The character of Mahadev will remain with me forever

TV actor Mohit Raina, who plays a Sikh soldier on the show 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897, says he is happy that the audience identifies him with his iconic role of Shiva from Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev.

tv Updated: Feb 11, 2018 16:24 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Mohit Raina,Havildar Ishar Singh,21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897
Actor Mohit Raina plays the role of Havildar Ishar Singh in 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897.(IANS)

Mohit Raina’s portrayal of Lord Shiva on the TV show Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev received appreciation from all corners, to the extent that it has become an iconic role. His fans still recognise him through that character and Mohit says it’s a role that will stay with him forever.

“It’s not every day that you get to play a role like that, a role that everyone likes. The character will remain with me forever. I’ve portrayed it for a long time — almost five years — and when that happens, people start identifying you with the role,” says Mohit, adding that he puts equal effort into his other characters as well.

“I try and ensure that the other characters, which I’ve already done or am currently doing, should also make a mark and connect with the audience,” he says.

After Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev ended in 2014, Mohit did another mythological show, Mahabharat, and followed that up with a historical show, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat. In fact, his latest show, 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897, where he plays the lead, is also in the historical genre. Asked whether he’s fascinated by these two genres, Mohit answers in affirmative.

“Both mythology and history interest me. Such stories have been there for long, hence there’s a reference point for the actor, too. It helps in a way. Also, since the story is already there, nothing can go wrong as we move ahead. The audience enjoys watching such stories on screen,” he adds.

Nonetheless, Mohit is open to exploring other genres. He had earlier done shows such as Bhabhi, Bandini, and Ganga Kii Dheej. “There should be something interesting enough for me to say yes [to a show]. Right now, I’m more inclined towards doing finite series. Such shows start and end within a given time-frame and don’t become monotonous,” says the actor.

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First Published: Feb 11, 2018 16:23 IST