Dinesh Mohan
Mohan celebrating New Year 2024 in Goa

60 And Sensational

Model Dinesh Mohan delves into how he conquered his mental health challenges, embraced a healthier lifestyle, and ultimately discovered the confidence to walk on the ramp

Forget sculpted abs and chiselled features. Model Dinesh Mohan offers a far more compelling story: a triumph over depression and an eating disorder. In a world obsessed with external beauty, Mohan, in his sixties, inspires those facing similar battles.

After completing his education in Hisar and Chandigarh, Mohan settled in Gurugram, working as an English professor before choosing voluntary retirement in 2004. However, a personal loss that year triggered a downward spiral, leading to depression. For years, he struggled with this and disordered eating, reaching a peak weight of over 125 kg. In 2009, a medication overdose caused him to lose control of his legs, leaving him bedridden for nearly a year and a half.

But in 2012, there was a turning point. Pushed by his family to improve his health, Mohan stopped relying on medication and committed to self-improvement.

With the help of a physiotherapist, he regained his strength. Months of hard work culminated in him walking again. Later, Mohan consulted a dietician and a fitness trainer and claims that he shed around 50 kg over eight months. Today, this "silver fox" thrives as an actor and model.

In this interview, Mohan reveals the key steps that led him from self-doubt to self-belief and a thriving career. He discusses how he tackled mental health challenges, embraced a healthier lifestyle, and ultimately found the confidence to shine on the ramp.

Mohan at Hathi Gaon near Jaipur, a safe sanctuary for rescue elephants
Mohan at Hathi Gaon near Jaipur, a safe sanctuary for rescue elephants
Q

Can you share a brief overview of your journey with our readers and the key lessons you've learned along the way?

A

Three points were crucial in my recovery: identifying the issue, accepting it, and then regulating my life accordingly. It's essential for anyone facing similar challenges to go through these steps to overcome depression.

Q

For those going through similar struggles, what advice would you offer?

A

Communication is key. I learned the importance of being vocal about my struggles and not hiding them. By communicating openly, you allow others to support you and be there for you, which is essential in overcoming loneliness and battling mental illness.

Q

Was there a significant turning point in your journey toward a healthier lifestyle and self-discovery?

A

Yes, there was. I reached a moment where I realised that I had to take control of my life and not let external circumstances dictate my well-being. This awakening, coupled with the support of my family, marked a significant turning point for me.

Q

Did you have any role models or inspirational figures who influenced you?

A

One person who stands out is Sudha Chandran, an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and actress whose resilience and determination in overcoming adversity greatly inspired me. Working with her was a dream come true and a reminder of the power of perseverance.

Q

Did travel play a role in your journey of self-discovery and transformation?

A

Absolutely. Travelling, mainly my first trip to Goa, played a crucial role in building my confidence and opening up new horizons for me. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and experience the world in a new way.

Q

Do you have a favourite travel destination that holds a special place in your heart?

A

Goa will always hold a special place for me due to its significance in my journey. Additionally, I've enjoyed exploring destinations like Dubai and Thailand, each offering unique experiences and memories.

Q

Have you discovered any hidden gems, whether in India or abroad, during your travels?

A

Every destination, whether here or abroad, feels like a hidden gem to me. From Dudhsagar Falls in Goa to the serene backwaters of Kerala, each place has left a lasting impression on me.

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