20-stone man loses weight, becomes a model and joins Bollywood at 61

Indian man Dinesh Mohan was depressed and he found comfort in unhealthy, oily food, which saw his weight soar.

Just shy of 20 stone, Dinesh from Gurgaon, says he became ‘so fat’ that he could hardly move.

He developed a binge eating disorder and later suffered an attack on his motor functions that led to difficulties in movement and left him bedridden for almost a year.

But after being prompted by his family, Dinesh decided to ‘pull himself out’ and joined a gym in 2014.

He started working out regularly and changed his dietary habits which showed results and he lost almost half his body weight in just eight months.

Now 61 years old, Dinesh has had a complete makeover and become a model.

He’s even starred in two major Bollywood movies among film veterans such as Salman Khan, and had successful stints in Vogue and GQ magazines.

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Dinesh explained: ‘I was suffering from depression because I was facing negative issues in my personal life. I took voluntary retirement in 2004 to focus on my life. Instead, I fell deeper into despair. I moved to my sister Mona’s house and lived with her and her husband.

‘But after I moved there, things completely went out of my hand. I realised my life had totally shattered and seeing everybody enjoying but here I was at the age of 44, financially broken and had no personal life. This feeling sat deeper and deeper that led to an eating disorder.’

So Dinesh began daily one-hour workouts which included 40 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of weight training.

He also did 50 push-ups every day and did some work on the dumbbell rods. Now a vegetarian, Dinesh also snacks on various different fruits and vegetables.

As he got fitter, his physiotherapist suggested he start modelling and helped him get in touch with a modelling agency.

He soon bagged his first assignment in 2016 and eventually film projects in 2019.

Dinesh said: ‘People started noticing me and got my first project in 2016 and never looked back.

‘When I lost weight and started shopping again, I wanted to buy clothes that I had always wanted to wear but couldn’t for my weight.

‘Then catwalk offers started coming in and it was very emotional for me there was a time I was bedridden and couldn’t even walk.’

Dinesh says he’s naturally shy but comes alive in front of the camera. Though most have applauded his late-stage career move, some tell him it’s a young person’s game.

He added: ‘Some find it inspiring while others think I am silly to be wearing clothes that belong to people half my age. But they don’t know me, my story and I believe age is just a number.’

Apart from modelling and acting, Denish has become a motivational speaker and often gives speeches at public platform, especially to youngsters about life and positivity.

He said: ‘I have learnt to be grateful in life. I do not worry about what others think about me, for example, my style.

‘I have fallen but have risen again. I don’t want to look younger than my age. I never want to colour my hair and I just want to be myself.’


If you suspect you, a family member or friend has an eating disorder, contact Beat on 0808 801 0677 or at [email protected], for information and advice on the best way to get appropriate treatment

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