Maniesh Paul (born 3 August 1981) is an Indian television presenter, anchor, model, singer, actor and comedian in Bollywood. Starting his career as an RJ and VJ, he moved to acting before taking up stand-up comedy and hosting.
Early life and background
Paul was born and brought up in Delhi to a Punjabi gadariya family originally from Sialkot to Delhi, involved in the financial business. He did his schooling from Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai New Delhi. After his schooling, he did his B.A. in Tourism from College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi. then he lived with his grandmother in Chembur, Mumbai.
Paul started his career in Delhi, as a host, compering cultural events in schools and colleges. later he shifted to Mumbai, where his first break was hosting Sunday Tango on Star Plus in 2002. He also remained a VJ with Zee Music, and a radio jockey with Radio City's morning drive time show Kasakai Mumbai.
Later he entered channel Star One's Ghost Bana Dost to play the role of a ghost. Paul has acted in many serials such as Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil on ZeeNext, Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai on Star One, Wheel Ghar Ghar Mein and Kahani Shuru with Love Guru on Zee TV and Kuchh Cook Hota Hai on 9X. However, finding it unsatisfying, he quit daily soaps and was even out of work for eight months in 2008.
Though he had appeared in cameo roles such as in the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer Tees Maar Khan (2010), Paul made his debut in a lead role of the computer geek Mickey in Mickey Virus (2013) which received a lot of appreciation.
Television host and presenter
Subsequently, Paul started his career as a television host and presenter, and gained recognition after hosting Saa Ree Gaa Maa Paa Chhote Ustaad, and later also appeared in the stand-up comedy series Comedy Circus. He also hosted Dance India Dance Li'l Masters on Zee TV. He also participated in Star Ya Rockstar, a celebrity singing show on Zee TV, and co-hosted the celebrity dance-reality competition Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 on Colors TV with Ranvir Shorey. He was also the host of Science of Stupid (IND) version. 
Paul has also hosted Science of Stupid on National Geographic. Over the years, Paul has hosted numerous award shows. In 2018, he hosted Sony TV's Indian Idol 10. Next, he hosted Star Plus's Nach Baliye 9.
He is married to Sanyukta Paul (m. 2007), who is a Bengali. They met each other in their school and started dating in late 1998. Soon, their families got to know each other and they finally got married in 2007. They have a daughter born in 2011 and a son born in 2016.
|2007||Chhoona Hai Aasmaan||Farhaan Zaidi|
|2008||Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayeng||Karan|
|Ghost Bana Dost||Ghost|
|2009||Ghar Ghar Mein||Host|
|Kuch Kook Hota Hai||Mannu|
|2010||Dance India Dance Li'l Masters||Host|
|Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar|
|Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo|
|Kiski Daal Galegi|
|2011||Pyaar Mein Twist||Amol|
|Dance Ke Superstars||Host|
|Star Ya Rockstar||Contestant|
|2012||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5||Host|
|India's Got Talent|
|2013||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6|
|2014||Mad In India|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7|
|Science of Stupid|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8|
|2016||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9|
|Science of Stupid 3|
|2019||Nach Baliye 9|
|Movie Masti with Manish Paul|
|2020||Mujhse Shaadi Karoge|
|Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 2020|
|Beat The Genius|
|2021||India's Best Dancer 2|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2009||Maruti Mera Dost||Varun||Special appearance|
|2010||Tees Maar Khan||Master India||Special appearance|
|2013||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance||Himself||Special appearance|
|Mickey Virus||Mickey Arora||Bollywood debut|
|2016||Tere Bin Laden 2||Sharma|
|2018||Baa Baaa Black Sheep||Baba|||
|2022||Jugjugg Jeeyo||Gurpreet Sharma|||
|Jatt & Juliet Remake||TBA||Filming|
Events and awards nights
|2008||GR8 Awards||Host||Sony TV|
|2008–2009||Mumbai Police Show Organised by Cineyug||Host||Sony TV|
|2009–2010||Zee Rishtey Awards||Host||Zee TV|
|2009–2010||Zee Gold Awards||Host||Zee TV|
|2010||Zee Diwali Dhamaka||Host||Zee TV|
|2010||Sahara India Pariwar||Host||Star Plus|
|2011||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Host||Star Plus|
|2010||Indian Telly Awards||Host||Colors TV|
|2010||Indian Television Academy Awards||Host||Colors TV|
|2011||Femina Miss India||Host||Sony TV|
|2012||STAR Parivaar Awards||Host||Star Plus|
|2012||Femina Miss India||Host||Sony TV|
|2012||Indian Telly Awards||Host||Colors TV|
|2012||Golden Petal Awards||Host||Colors TV|
|2012||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Host||Star Plus|
|2021||Opening Ceremony of International Film Festival of India||Host||DD India |
and DD National
|2022||Femina Miss India||Host||Colors TV|
- "Maniesh Paul reveals how his wife Sanyukta supported him during his struggle period; says, 'I am where I am only because of her'". The Times of India. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
- "Happy in his space, Maniesh Paul". Daily News & Analysis. 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- "Personal Agenda:Manish Paul". Hindustan Times. 10 August 2013. Archived from the original on 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
I'm a die-hard Punjabi
- "I shot my film near my father's office: Manish Paul". The Times of India. 23 July 2013. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "I am not used to such adulation: Manish Paul". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2013. Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Television's funny bone Manish Paul's love story with wife Sanyukta". Daily Bhaskar. Archived from the original on 5 September 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Daily soaps weren't creatively satisfying: Manish Paul". Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "I've decided to keep away from fiction: Manish Paul". The Times of India. 23 January 2012. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Manish Paul hopes to team up with Karan Johar soon". Hindustan Times. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Manish Paul all set to hit the silver screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 July 2012.[dead link]
- "Manish Paul's dream fulfilled!". The Times of India. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Manish Paul opens his heart". The Times of India. 10 August 2011. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Baa Baaa Black Sheep teaser: Will Maniesh Paul succeed this time?". Hindustan TImes.
- "Maniesh Paul joins Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani in Raj Mehta's next Jug Jug Jiyo". Bollywood Hungama. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
- "Leone and Manish Paul in Jatt And Juliet Hindi remake". Archived from the original on 7 August 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "Maniesh Paul on singing in Punjabi: It was very easy, I am a Dilli ka munda". Hindustan Times. 8 May 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- "IFFI: Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh to attend opening ceremony, Puneeth Rajkumar and Dilip Kumar to be honoured". The Indian Express. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.