Mohit Raina

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Mohit Raina
Mohit Raina (cropped).jpg
Raina in 2019
Born (1980-08-14) 14 August 1980 (age 40)
NationalityIndian
Occupation
  • Actor
    Model
Years active2004–present

Mohit Raina (born 14 August 1982)[1] is an Indian film and television actor.[2][3] He started his acting career with a science fiction show Antariksh (2004) and later went on to play a role in Don Muthu Swami (2008). He is best known for the lead role of the Hindu god Shiva in the popular television series Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev and Mahabharat, prior to which he had acted in television soap operas including Chehra (2009) and Ganga Kii Dheej (2010).

Early life and background[edit]

Mohit Raina was born into a Kashmiri Brahmin[4][5] family on 14 August 1982 to P.L. Raina and Sushma Kumara[1] and raised in Jammu. He was educated at Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Jammu and earned a bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Jammu. He moved to Mumbai to begin a career in modelling.[6][7] He hoped that modelling would provide him with a route into acting work and lost 29 kilograms (64 lb) from his teenage weight of 107 kilograms (236 lb) so that he could participate in the 2005 Grasim Mister India modelling contest. He was placed among the top five contestants in that competition.[8][9]

Career[edit]

Mohit's acting career began in 2004 with a science fiction TV show called Antariksh. In 2008, he starred as Jai Kishan in the comedy film Don Muthu Swami, which was not a success at the box office and caused him to return to television work.[6][10] In 2009 he appeared in the Chehra TV series, a suspense drama revolving around a disabled girl. Mohit played her husband Garv, a young business tycoon.[7] He was also part of Bandini.

In 2011, he was cast as the lead in Nikhil Sinha's Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev.[11] The series focused on the god Shiva and portrays his journey from a hermit to a householder through his marriage to Sati and later to Parvati. Mohit worked on improving his physique for the role,[11] and started learning the Indian classical dance form Kathak, which is integral part of his role as Shiva.[12] The Times of India said the role created fans due to his "fab abs, groovy smile and acting chops"[13] He played over 30 different characters in the series, which ran for three years, ending in December 2014, by which time Mohit had become a celebrity.[14][15]

Mohit has played the adult emperor Ashoka, in the historical serial Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat on Colors TV. The series started broadcasting from 2 May 2016.[16] After Ashoka, Mohit also played the lead role as Havildar Ishar Singh in 21 Sarfarosh - Saragarhi 1897 which is based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

Mohit promoting Kaafir with Dia Mirza in July 2019

Mohit played the role of Major Karan Kashyap in the Bollywood film Uri: The Surgical Strike, released on 11 January 2019.

He made his web debut with the ZEE5 web series Kaafir, starring opposite Dia Mirza.[17]

Mohit Raina in his upcoming series 'Mumbai Diaries 26/11'.[18] The show is created by Nikkhil Advani and produced by Emmay Entertainment. It also stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Tina Desai, and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead roles.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2008 Don Muthu Swami Jaikishan Hindi
2019 Uri - The Surgical Strike Major Karan Kashyap Hindi
2019 Good Newwz Flight Passenger Hindi Cameo
2020 Mrs. Serial Killer Imran Shahid Hindi Netflix film
2021 ShiddatFilms that have not yet been released Rohan Lal Hindi Filming

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
2005 Meher [19]
2006-2007 Antariksh - Ek Amar Katha Vikrant
2005 Bhabhi Shubham
2009 Chehra Garv Dhanvat Rai
2010 Bandini Rishabh Hiten Mahivanshi
2011 Ganga Kii Dheej Agantuk
2011-2014 Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev Shiva [20]
2013 Mahabharat cameo [20]
2016 Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat Ashoka [21]
2018 21 Sarfarosh - Saragarhi 1897 Havildar Ishar Singh [22]

Web Series[edit]

Year Show Role Ref.
2019 Kaafir Vedant Rathod [23][24][25]
2020 Bhaukaal Navniet Sekera
2020 A Viral Wedding Yudhisthir Kaul [26][27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Show Result Ref
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Jury) Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Won [28]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor - Drama Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Won [29]
Gold Awards Steller Performance of the Year Won [30]
Best Actor Nominated
2014 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role Nominated
Best Actor (Jury) Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor - Drama Nominated
2015 Star Guild Awards Best TV Actor Won [31]
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor - Drama 21 Sarfarosh - Saragarhi 1897 Won [32]
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won [33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Mohit Raina confirmed as grown-up Ashoka; Ankit Arora also finalized - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat". India Today. Archived from the original on 6 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ a b "Mohit Raina: No difference between big and small screen". indya.com. March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Love to play a super hero on television: Mohit Raina". The Times of India. 8 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Small screen Lord Shiva was a 107-kg teen". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  9. ^ "'Mahadev' Mohit Raina". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2013. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Movie of the week : Don Muthuswami". The Tribune. 23 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Mohit Raina's big break". The Times of India. 29 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Mohit Raina to learn Kathak for serial". The Times of India. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Mythologicals slug it out with soaps on prime time band". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 September 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: the battle between evil and good". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  15. ^ "Double roles make a comeback on TV". The Times of India. 20 May 2013. Archived from the original on 14 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  16. ^ "After Mahadev, Mohit Raina Played Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka on Indian Television!". indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Kaafir trailer: Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina star in this intense web series set in Kashmir". The Indian Express. 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Mumbai Diaries 26/11 teaser: The story of first responders". The Indian Express. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  19. ^ "Serial thrillers". The Telegraph. 3 September 2005. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  20. ^ a b "Mohit Raina aka'Mahadev' in a double role again". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  21. ^ "Confirmed: Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in 'Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat'". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  22. ^ "21 Sarfarosh Saragarhi 1897 first impression: Mohit Raina show evokes patriotism with impressive dialogues and performances". Archived from the original on 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  23. ^ Bureau, Adgully. "ZEE5 announces new web series 'Kaafir' with Dia Mirza and Mohit Raina". www.adgully.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Kaafir trailer: Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina star in this intense web series set in Kashmir". The Indian Express. 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  25. ^ Goel, Sonakshi; Pandita, Karuna (17 June 2019). "This new Zee5 series is inspired by a Indo-Pak story". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  26. ^ "The Family Man's Shreya Dhanwanthary to direct micro-series A Viral Wedding: Made in Lockdown". India Today. Press Trust of India. 12 April 2020. Archived from the original on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Watch: Web series 'A Viral Wedding' was produced during the lockdown". Scroll.in. Archived from the original on 18 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  28. ^ "12th Indian Telly Awards". Indiantelevision.com. 24 May 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  29. ^ Narayan, Girija (24 October 2013). "Photos: Indian Television Academy Awards 2013 Winners; Karan, Jennifer, Kapil, Comedy Nights..." filmibeat.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  30. ^ "6th Boroplus Gold Awards Winners List". Newsroom India. 24 July 2013. Archived from the original on 20 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  31. ^ Parande, Shweta (12 January 2015). "Star Guild Awards 2015 full winners list: Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Mohit Raina, Ronit Roy win top honours". India.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  32. ^ "Indian Television Academy Awards 2018: Complete list of winners". The Indian Express. 12 December 2018. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  33. ^ "Indian Telly Awards 2019: Complete list of winners". The Indian Express. 21 March 2019. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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