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Manish Paul

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Maniesh Paul
Born (1981-08-03) 3 August 1981 (age 42)
Years active2005–present
Sanyukta Paul
(m. 2007)

Maniesh Paul (born 3 August 1981) is an Indian actor, tv host, anchor, model and singer.[2] 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 New Delhi to a Punjabi family originally from Sialkot to Delhi, involved in the financial business.[3][4] 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, Delhi University. then he lived with his grandmother in Chembur, Mumbai.[3]



Early career


Paul started his career in Delhi, as a host, compering cultural events in schools and colleges.[4] Later he shifted to Mumbai,[5] where his first break was hosting Sunday Tango on Star Plus in 2002.[3] He also remained a VJ with Zee Music,[6] and a radio jockey with Radio City's morning drive time show Kasakai Mumbai.

Maniesh Paul and Ragini Khanna hosting Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5, 2012.

Acting career


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.[7][3]

Though he had appeared in cameo roles such as in the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer Tees Maar Khan (2010),[8] Paul made his debut in a lead role of the computer geek Mickey in Mickey Virus (2013) which received a lot of appreciation.[9][10]

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.[8] 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. [7]

In 2011, Paul won the Best Anchor award for Zee TV's Dance India Dance Li'l Masters.[11]

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.[11] Next, he hosted Star Plus's Nach Baliye 9.He is currently hosting discovery plus show History Hunter.

Personal life


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.[6][12] They have a daughter born in 2011 and a son born in 2016.


Year Title Role
2005/07 Hero - Bhakti Hi Shakti Hai Azgar
2007 Chhoona Hai Aasmaan Farhaan Zaidi
Zindadil Host
2008 Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayeng Karan
Khooni Saaya Prem
Kaali Chudail Prashant
Honeymoon Hotel Raj
Guest House Sidharth
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
2015 Brain Boosters
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9
Science of Stupid 3
2018 Indian Idol
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
2022 Smart Jodi
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
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
2015 Ranbanka Rahul Sharma
2016 Tere Bin Laden 2 Sharma
2017 Hrudayantar Himself Special appearance, Marathi movie
2018 Baa Baaa Black Sheep Baba [13]
2019 Banjar Jaswant
2022 Jugjugg Jeeyo Gurpreet Sharma [14]
2023 Rafuchakkar Pawan Kumar [15]
2025 Sunny Sunskari Ki Tulsi Kumari TBA [16]

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2023 Jugjugg Jeeyo Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Won[17]
2023 Jugjugg Jeeyo Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated[18]


Year Title Singer Music Lyrics Label
2018 Harjai Himself Sachin Gupta T-Series [19]

Events and awards nights

Year Event Role Channel
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[20]
2022 Femina Miss India Host Colors TV


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Happy in his space, Maniesh Paul". Daily News & Analysis. 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "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
  4. ^ a b "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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ a b "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.
  7. ^ a b "Daily soaps weren't creatively satisfying: Manish Paul". Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Manish Paul all set to hit the silver screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 July 2012.[dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Manish Paul's dream fulfilled!". The Times of India. 11 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Manish Paul opens his heart". The Times of India. 10 August 2011. Archived from the original on 1 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Baa Baaa Black Sheep teaser: Will Maniesh Paul succeed this time?". Hindustan TImes.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Rafuchakkar Trailer Out! Maniesh Paul's Heist Drama to Arrive on JioCinema for Free on June 15 (Watch Video)". Latest LY. 12 June 2023. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
  16. ^ "'Sunny Sanskari Ki Tulsi Kumari' Goes On Floors". Outlook. 5 May 2024.
  17. ^ "ZEE Cine Awards 2023: Winner's list". Retrieved 21 March 2023.
  18. ^ "Winners of the 68th Hyundai Filmfare Awards 2023". Filmfare. 28 April 2023. Retrieved 28 April 2023.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "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.