I'm single, says 'Mahadev' fame Mohit Raina

Mohit Raina seen as Lord Shiva in mythological TV series "Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev", has clarified he is not dating anyone.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 11:06:06 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Mohit Raina seen as Lord Shiva in the mythological TV series "Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev" on Life OK has clarified that he is not dating anyone. A self-confessed Mama's Boy, the actor is shocked by all the reverence and adulation.

Cutting down talk of being involved with his co-star Mouni Roy and of a marriage proposal from Priyanka Chopra, Mohit said he is single.

"There is no real-life Parvati in my life. There has been talk of my linkups. But seriously, there is no time. All I do is shoot and go to the gym. My mother lives with me after my father passed away two years ago," said Mohit, a Kashmiri.

About desisting from love involvements Mohit quipped, "A real-life Parvati would demand time and attention. I can't give her time but I am sure in the future I will have a Parvati in my life. And the Ganesh and Kartik (the kids) will follow. It's not easy being god. But it's exhilarating."

He said his mother is "inundated with requests to meet me. 'Bhagwan ke darshan kara do,' they tell her. But my mother doesn't take me seriously... She thinks I am over-rated, doing just about okay."

A screen-god, who is the nation's sex symbol, sure sounds contradictory.

"It surely is. Well, I guess people are looking at me in a way they've never looked at screen gods before... The kind of attention I get is way beyond my comprehension. I know they're reacting to Shankar Bhagwan and not to Mohit Raina. But still the attention is disconcerting...People love me. I couldn't ask for more."

Mohit, who shoots for the serial round the clock, is not not a "very outgoing person".

"I don't party or socialise. Not only because I can't (considering my image) but because I don't want to. This is a lifetime opportunity for me. Even if I was tempted to socialize and womanize, I would have given up the thought for this role. But I am not that kind of person."

However, he does go to the gym "to be able to expose Shiva Bhagwan's torso in every episode".

"People have gotten to know I visit the gym every day. They are there to meet me every day. And there's no particular age... I have seven-year old girls, 57-year old aunties and 85-year old grandparents desirous of a darshan.

"The other day 70-plus ladies from Nagpur showed up at the gym with roses. They didn't know what else to gift me. I was touched."

For Maha Shivratri this year, Mohit couldn't perform puja at home.

"My mother was very upset... I had requested for a holiday on Shivratri. My producers laughed their heads off...I made sure I performed puja after I returned home from shooting. But I can't complain. I love what I am doing. I am quite happy being Mahadev. But Mahadev is completely separate from Mohit Raina."

Mohit has a formula to get out of the character every day after shooting.

"Initially I didn't know how to switch on and off. In due course, I've discovered a 15-minute meditation and breathing exercise that I do every day after shooting. That helps me to come out of character."

Going back to the beginning of his journey, Mohit says, "I am from Jammu and Kashmir. I always wanted to be part of Mumbai's entertainment world.

"I participated in Grasim's Mr India contest in 2006. That's how it all started for me. I came to Mumbai and I was modelling for a while. Soon I realised modelling was not my cup of tea. I wanted to try my hand at acting. I started with some serials like 'Chehra' that didn't do well.

"I also did a film 'Don Muthu Swamy' with Mithun Chakraborty... Finally, I got 'Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev'. I was destined to play Lord Shiva. And now people know who Mohit Raina is, albeit as Lord Shiva."

As a Shiva devotee, Mohit found it easy to slip into character. "The fact that my father was a Shiv devotee helped me to get into character. We are Kashmiri Pandits. When we were in Kashmir my father would take me to the Amarnath temple.

"People will remember me as Mahadev for as long as possible. I am giving my life to the show," he said.

After 17 hours of work when Mohit heads home, he can't have his mother's cooking.

"Unfortunately I can't have my mother's rich ghee-laden food. Because Shiva has to have a great body non-stop... If my presence in a 22-minute serial can change lives, why would I miss the small pleasures of life?"

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Posted on: 07 May 2013 at 8:25am
love you Mohit and your chemistry with Sonarika

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Posted on: 23 April 2013 at 2:57pm
Love you so much Mohit . I admire your dedicatedness to your work . You n Mouni together created history on Indian Television .

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Posted on: 22 April 2013 at 10:11pm
i am addicted to the chemistry of you and sonarika.SHIV-PARVATI the peak of gorgeousness moharika

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Posted on: 15 April 2013 at 10:33pm
I enjoy looking at this show. I think that it is the best indian tv soap. As a result I have learnt a lot from this show. Maybe I might be wrong but I believe the serial is educational. I do not understand hindi so it is nice with subtitles

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Posted on: 15 April 2013 at 7:43am
Mohit not only is handsome but is also so beautiful at heart...Unlike other actors he has a pure soul too that reflects in his eyes.. Thats what I like the most abt him!!
Also I wish to see him as bollywood actor soon!!

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Posted on: 15 April 2013 at 7:01am
all i can say is that i LOVE you...what a gr8 actor & super super sexy

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Posted on: 02 April 2013 at 8:10am
So humble..! no wonder u give your best to the show.. U don't act like shiva but you ARE the saakshaath shiva on the show!!! :) :)

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Posted on: 30 March 2013 at 7:08pm
Very grounded and amazing actor Mohit.

The rumours is what media is good at, thank you for clearing them.

Best of luck

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Posted on: 30 March 2013 at 2:25am
Great he cleared the rumours and hope u find ur parvati soon. Would love to see you with sonarika if mahadev wants. All the best mohit u deserve the best.

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Posted on: 29 March 2013 at 11:53pm
all the way SHIV & SATI only forever what a beautiful and electrifying couple, all the best MOHIT and MOUNI

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