I am too lazy to shave: Mohit Raina

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While his tal­ent has al­ways been no­ticed in TV shows in­clud­ing Devon Ke Dev Ma­hadev, Chakravartin Ashoka Sam­rat and 21 Sar­farosh - Sara­garhi 1897, Mohit Raina has also got a lot of at­ten­tion for his good looks. “Good looks are im­por­tant, but it’s not the be-all-end-all of ev­ery­thing for an ac­tor. I love ex­per­i­ment­ing with my looks for the roles I do. I en­joyed try­ing out a va­ri­ety of looks for the dif­fer­ent avatars of Lord Shiva,” he says, rem­i­nisc­ing about his role in Ma­hadev. He was also seen in a clean­shaven bare-chested look in Ashoka and as a heav­ily­bearded sar­dar in 21 Sar­farosh.

“If I get a chance, I al­ways try to change my ap­pear­ance on screen in some form or the other. It de­pends on the time and lo­gis­tics at hand to work on a look or phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance. Ev­ery ac­tor, I know, wants to go out of their way and make a char­ac­ter as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble. For ex­am­ple, for 21 Sar­farosh, I had the time to grow my beard for three to four months, and work­ing with a real beard is bet­ter any day than a fake one. I was lucky that right af­ter the show ended, I started work­ing on Uri: The Sur­gi­cal Strike, so I could keep the beard but in a shorter and trimmed form.” Mohit, who de­buted in Bol­ly­wood with Uri, says the di­rec­tor wanted a rough look for his char­ac­ter.

Mohit is cur­rently sport­ing a clean-shaven look for the role of a cop in a web series. Ask him if he prefers a bearded or clean-shaved look, and he says, “It’s never about me, as I al­ways fol­low what the di­rec­tor wants. Per­son­ally, I am too lazy to shave. I won’t touch my beard if I am not work­ing for say a month (laughs). I will give it a rest. I won’t make any ef­fort to look groomed.”

If I get a chance, I al­ways try to change my ap­pear­ance on screen in some form or the other. Ev­ery ac­tor, I know, wants to go out of their way and make a char­ac­ter as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble. MOHIT RAINA,

AC­TOR

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