With his stylish demeanour, actor and model Dinesh Mohan carries his trademark torn jeans as well as he does his handlebar moustache. The 60-year-old ‘silver fox’ — as his Instagram account descriptor says — has been part of photshoots and ramp walks.
Behind the now-chiselled photographs, lies an incredible story of the will to fight his eating disorder, and the resulting weight gain. On call from his home in Gurugram, Dinesh narrates how five years ago, ill and bedridden at 130 kilograms, and fed up of being in a “rotten state”, he decided to change his life.
Working for the Education Department, Government of Haryana, had him glued to his chair; conversations were endless and so was the chai. His eating disorder took a toll on his physical and mental health.
He took voluntary retirement in 2004, trying to focus on his personal life, and for the first time, he joined a gym in 2014. Four years of working out and healthy eating showed results when his weight came down to 71 kilograms, but then he became too frail for his height (six foot, one inch). With weight training, he gained back his muscle weight, and today, at 81 kilograms, he is an inspiring example of what one can achieve with determination.