Mohit Raina to showcase merciless avatar in ‘Ashoka’

Mumbai : Popular TV actor Mohit Raina, best known for his portrayal of Lord Shiva in “Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev”, will be seen in merciless avatar in popular historical show “Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat”.

Taking the rein from child artist Siddharth Nigam, who was seen as child Ashoka in the Colors show, Mohit will essay the title role in the show after it will take a 10-year leap starting Monday onwards. His character will seek vengeance against all wrongdoings meted out against him.

He will be joined by “Navya” fame actress Somya Seth who will be seen as Ashoka’s love interest, Kaurwaki.

“I feel honoured to be a part of this show. After doing my last show (Mahadev), I was looking for something extraordinary and larger than life. Since the show started, my family has been a big fan of it since first day,” Mohit, who is returning to the small screen after almost a year, said at an event here on Friday.

“Personally I always wanted to play this character. Somewhere deep in my heart I was waiting for the leap to happen so I could fill in the gap. Now I feel blessed to play this part,” he added.

During the event, which took place at the set of the show, Mohit along with his co-stars Somya, Ankit Arora, Kajol Shrivastav and Dakssh Ajit Singh showcased a post leap new look of the show wherein Ashoka will fight against all odds to get the throne of Pataliputra.

Talking about her association with the show, Somya said: “I am happy that I’m playing the part of Kaurwaki. It’s something that I dreamt off ever since I was a little girl. Where my friends use to have Barbie dolls in their hands, I used to have swords in my hand. So it feels great to live my dream of becoming a princess and that too a warrior princess”.

“Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat”, which started in February 2015, tells the story of Ashoka, an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, right from his struggle as a younger child of Bindusara to how he rose to power, his state of expiation after the bloodbath of Kalinga, and finally his journey towards Buddhism.