The protagonist of the popular television serial, Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev, reveals the secret behind his six-pack abs and his choice of career.
His popularity has reached stratospheric heights soon after his serial, Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev, hit the airwaves.
Model-turned-actor Mohit Raina , who plays Lord Shiva in the TRP-busting serial, still finds it difficult to digest the fact that he has a huge female female following who swoon over his chiselled body.
Dealing with another section of his fans proves equally difficult; they see the Lord in him and fall at his feet for his blessings!
When did you realise you wanted to become an actor?
As a kid, I was always fascinated with the glamour industry. I wanted fame, name, money and whatever else it had to offer.
I come from a small town, Jammu, so I wasn’t sure whether I would make it. At 21, when I realised I could, I set out to make my dreams come true.
What was your parents’ reaction to your career choice?
When I told them I intended to travel to Mumbai and become an actor, everyone from the family thought I had gone mad.
The next day, I saw all my relatives’ vehicles parked outside my house. I thought there was some family function that I had forgotten about.
But everyone was there to discuss how a family member had gone ‘mad’ (smiles). That was really funny!
They thought I was a studious kid and wanted me to become a chartered accountant. But I booked my tickets, informed them and landed in the city of dreams.
When was the first time you faced a camera? What did you learn from your first shooting experience?
After (participating in) Grasim Mr India, I faced the camera for the first time for the show Chehra. It was difficult but, over time, I grew as an actor.
Initially, you would not know how to balance or deal with the character but, slowly, you grow with the character and the story.
Have you always been fitness conscious?
After I came to Mumbai; I realised how much competition there was around me.
To be very honest, fitness was not even a priority for me; going for a morning walk was my definition of fitness.
It was only during Grasim Mr India that I learnt about flat abs, strong biceps, etc.
What is the secret behind your six-pack abs?
There is no secret. My fitness mantra would be. ‘Eat right, work out right and sleep right.’ I hardly eat sweets and I’ve cut down on carbs.
Please share your diet and workout schedule.
I am a morning person and prefer exercising at dawn. I gym six days a week. That involves weight training for four days and cardio for two days.
I make it a point to meditate for 10 minutes before I start work (shooting).
At times when, I am not able to exercise due to my schedule, I compensate by working out on the sets.
I am extremely particular about my diet. Long hours and crazy schedules mean that I have to be extra careful about what I eat.
I rarely have control over my time. There are times when I can’t exercise; I don’t get the time to sleep and my body does not get enough rest.
But my diet is the one thing that I can control, so I make sure I eat healthy, home-cooked nutritious food.
Please share exercise tips for abs like yours — dos and don’ts.
First you need to understand your body weight. I tend to put on weight very easily so I have to restrict my diet.
I need a minimum six hours of sleep.
That is what works for me.
I feel sleep plays an important role in your fitness. If possible, one should also take a power nap of 20-25 minutes during the day, which is equally important to stay fit mentally and physically.
You need to know your body better; your eating habits have to be according to your body weight.
Consult a dietician and see what works in your favour.
You are the best person to know your body. With time, you will be able to figure out how your body adapts and what your weakness and strengths are.
You should definitely be involved in some kind of physical activity.
How would you describe yourself? What’s the one thing you remember most about being a kid?
I let people describe me.
I am a simple person.
As a kid, I loved playing cricket with my brother. Somehow, he would never get out and I would keep bowling (smiles).