Mohit Raina

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Mohit Raina
Mohit Raina (cropped).jpg
Mohit in 2019
Born (1982-08-14) 14 August 1982 (age 37)
OccupationModel, Actor
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 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). In 2019, he made his Bollywood debut with the action thriller Uri - The Surgical Strike, which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

Early life and background

Mohit was born on 14 August 1982[1] and raised in Jammu, where he obtained a degree in commerce. He moved to Mumbai to begin a career in modeling.[4][5] 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.[6][7][clarification needed]


His acting career began in 2005 when he acted in a science ficn 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.[4][8] In 2009 he appeared in the Chehra TV series, a suspense drama revolving around a handicapped girl. Mohit played her husband Garv, a young business tycoon.[5] He was also a part of Bandini.

In 2011, he was cast as the lead in Nikhil Sinha's Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev.[9] 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,[9] and started learning the Indian classical dance form Kathak, which is integral part of his role as Shiva.[10] The Times of India said the role created fans due to his "fab abs, groovy smile and acting chops"[11] He played over 30 different characters in the series, which ran for three years, ending in Dec 2014.[12][13]

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.[14] 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 movie Uri: The Surgical Strike released on 11 January 2019.

He made his web debut with the ZEE5 web series Kaafir, starring opposite Dia Mirza.[15]



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


Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
2005 Meher [16]
2006-07 Antariksh - Ek Amar Katha Vikrant
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 [17]
2013 Mahabharat cameo [17]
2016 Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat Ashoka [18]
2018 21 Sarfarosh - Saragarhi 1897 Havildar Ishar Singh [19]
2019 Kaafir Vedant Rathod webseries [20][21][22]
2020 Bhaukaal Naveen Sikhera Mx Player Originals Webseries

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Show Result Ref
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Jury) Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Won [23]
Best Actor in a Lead Role Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor - Drama Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Won [24]
Gold Awards Steller Performance of the Year Won [25]
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 [26]
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor - Drama 21 Sarfarosh - Saragarhi 1897 Won [27]
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Jury) Won [28]

See also


  1. ^ a b "'Mahadev' Mohit Raina turns a year older". The Times of India. 13 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Mohit Raina confirmed as grown-up Ashoka; Ankit Arora also finalized - Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  3. ^ "Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat". India Today.
  4. ^ a b "Mohit Raina: No difference between big and small screen". March 2009. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Love to play a super hero on television: Mohit Raina". The Times of India. 8 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Small screen Lord Shiva was a 107-kg teen". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ "'Mahadev' Mohit Raina". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Movie of the week : Don Muthuswami". The Tribune. 23 May 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Mohit Raina's big break". The Times of India. 29 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Mohit Raina to learn Kathak for serial". The Times of India. 24 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Mythologicals slug it out with soaps on prime time band". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Devon Ke Dev Mahadev: the battle between evil and good". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Double roles make a comeback on TV". The Times of India. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  14. ^ "After Mahadev, Mohit Raina Played Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka on Indian Television!". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Kaafir trailer: Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina star in this intense web series set in Kashmir". The Indian Express. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Serial thrillers". The Telegraph. 3 September 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Mohit Raina aka'Mahadev' in a double role again". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Confirmed: Mohit Raina to play grown-up Ashoka in 'Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat'". International Business Times. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  19. ^ "21 Sarfarosh Saragarhi 1897 first impression: Mohit Raina show evokes patriotism with impressive dialogues and performances". Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  20. ^ Bureau, Adgully. "ZEE5 announces new web series 'Kaafir' with Dia Mirza and Mohit Raina". Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Kaafir trailer: Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina star in this intense web series set in Kashmir". The Indian Express. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  22. ^ Goel, Sonakshi; Pandita, Karuna (17 June 2019). "This new Zee5 series is inspired by a Indo-Pak story". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  23. ^ "12th Indian Telly Awards". 24 May 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  24. ^ Narayan, Girija (24 October 2013). "Photos: Indian Television Academy Awards 2013 Winners; Karan, Jennifer, Kapil, Comedy Nights..." Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  25. ^ "6th Boroplus Gold Awards Winners List". Newsroom India. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  26. ^ 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".
  27. ^ "Indian Television Academy Awards 2018: Complete list of winners". The Indian Express. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Indian Telly Awards 2019: Complete list of winners". The Indian Express. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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