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Mohit Raina

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In this Indian name, the name Raina is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Mohit.
Mohit Raina
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Raina at the DVD launch of Devon Ke Dev — Mahadev, 2013
Nationality Indian
Occupation Model, Actor
Years active 2004–present

Mohit Raina is an actor who works in Indian television and Bollywood.[1][2]

Raina played the lead role of the Hindu god Shiva in the TV series, Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev and Mahabharat (2013 TV series), prior to which he had acted in TV soap operas including Chehra (2009) and Ganga Kii Dheej (2010). He started his acting career with a sci-fi TV show called Antariksh (2004) and later went on to play a role in Don Muthu Swami (2008), that starred Mithun Chakraborty. He now plays the role of Emperor Ashoka in the Colors historical drama "Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat".

Early life and background

Raina was raised in Jammu, where he obtained a degree in commerce. He moved to Mumbai to begin a career in modeling.[3][4] 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.[5][6][clarification needed]


His acting career began in 2006 when he acted in a science fiction TV show called Antariksh. In 2008, he starred as JaiKishan in the comedy film Don Muthu Swami, which was not a success at the box office and caused him to return to television work.[3][7] In 2009 he appeared in the Chehra TV series, a suspense drama revolving around a handicapped girl. Raina played her husband Garv, a young business tycoon.[4] He was also a part of Bandini. In December 2010, Raina played the male lead in the show Ganga Kii Dheej.[citation needed]

In 2011, he was cast as the lead in Nikhil Sinha's Devon Ke Dev — Mahadev.[8] 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. Raina worked on improving his physique for the role,[8] and started learning the Indian classical dance form Kathak, which is integral part of his role as Shiva.[9] The Times of India said the role created fans due to his "fab abs, groovy smile and acting chops"[10] He played over 30 different characters in the series, which ran for three years, ending in Dec 2014.[11][12]

Raina is playing the adult emperor Ashoka, in the historical serial Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat on Colors TV. The series started broadcastin g from 2 May 2016.[13]




Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
2006-07 Antariksh - Ek Amar Katha Vikrant Debut show
2005 Bhabhi Shubham
2009 Chehra Garv Dhanvat Rai
2010 Bandini Rishabh Hiten Mahivanshi
2011 Ganga Kii Dheej Agantuk
2011-14 Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev Shiva Mythological show [14]
2013-14 Mahabharat (2013 TV series) Shiva Mythological show [15]
2016–Present Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat Ashoka Historical show [16]


  • Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In A Lead Role (Jury) (2013) Devon Ke Dev - Mahadev[17]
  • Star Guild Awards 2015 Best Actor In A Lead Role (2015) Devon Ke Dev - Mahadev[18]


  1. ^ "Mohit Raina confirmed as grown-up Ashoka; Ankit Arora also finalized". 
  2. ^ "Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat". 
  3. ^ a b "Mohit Raina: No difference between big and small screen". March 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Love to play a super hero on television: Mohit Raina". The Times of India. 8 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Small screen Lord Shiva was a 107-kg teen". The Times Of India. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Mahadev' Mohit Raina". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Movie of the week : Don Muthuswami". The Tribune. 23 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Mohit Raina's big break". The Times of India. 29 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mohit Raina to learn Kathak for serial". The Times of India. 24 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mythologicals slug it out with soaps on prime time band". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: the battle between evil and good". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Double roles make a comeback on TV". The Times of India. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "After Mahadev, Mohit Raina Will Now Play Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka On Indian Television!". Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  14. ^ "Mohit Raina aka'Mahadev' in a double role again". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mohit Raina aka'Mahadev' in a double role again". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  16. ^ "Confirmed: Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in 'Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat'". International Business Times. Retrieved 7 Mar 2016. 
  17. ^ "12th Indian Telly Awards". 24 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Star Guild Awards 2015". 

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