By: Manju Chandran
by ASJAD NAZIR
TALENTED television star Mohit Daga has shown off his impressive range as a performer in popular drama serials like Bhaskar Bharti, Aise Karo Naa Vidaa, Bairi Piya and Ek Mutthi Aasmaan.
The Indian actor is always looking forward to the next challenge and hopes to test himself further with more complex roles.
Eastern Eye caught up with the versatile actor to discuss his career, inspirations and future hopes.
How do you look back on your acting journey in Indian television?
My journey has been very happy and great till now because I have got to learn many things from television and the industry has given me many things. There have been many ups and downs in my life. As an actor you are always hungry to get good roles and when that hunger doesn’t get fulfilled it can get difficult, but today, with God’s grace, I am still working in TV and am thankful to the fraternity.
Which of the projects is closest to your heart?
Love Story, produced and directed by Anurag Basu, is very close to my heart. I have many memories with Anurag da during that time, as we were newcomers starting out, and obviously, we remember our first thing. So, my first project is very close to my heart.
Which was the most challenging character you have played?
The truly challenging character is still yet to come. I want that challenging role that makes me work extra hard on myself and my craft.
Who has been the most memorable person you have worked with?
There is a very memorable person on every set, but if I have to choose one then it’s Shilpa Shirodkar. She was so professional and despite doing so much work was down to earth, which is something we can all learn from her.
What can we expect next from you?
You can expect a good role in a web series or films, as I am trying hard to get there. TV has given me so much, but the memory of television audiences is short term, so they forget. I want to do projects that will really be remembered, so am always searching for great work and that will continue.
What would you say is your dream role?
I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of role and want to show my versatility in all areas. I want God to give me a chance to play every type of character. Doing full justice to a well-written character is what all I pray for.
What genre do you prefer?
I prefer more rugged roles, but I am not at that stage where I can demand the kind of roles I want.
What do you enjoy watching as an audience?
I like any story that is fun and can keep me engaged. For an actor, every theatre is a classroom and each film or series is a lesson. So, whether it is a good or bad film, I will always watch it with a working eye to learn something from it.
What inspires you?
I get inspiration from each morning, day and scene. Each moment gives me a kick to take on a new and interesting challenge. Being able to work hard as an actor to change my voice, looks and emotions excites me, which in turn inspires me. Late great actor Irrfan Khan sir is also a great source of inspiration, in terms of the incredible work he did. I want to follow in his footsteps and will miss him always.