Manish Paul

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Maniesh Paul
Manish Paul at ITA 2012.jpg
Maniesh at the Indian Telly Awards in 2012
Born (1978-08-03) 3 August 1978 (age 38)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Model, Stand-up Comedian
Height 6"1
Spouse(s) Sayukta Paul (m. 2007)

Maniesh Paul (born 3 August 1978 as Manish Paul) is an Indian television host, anchor and Bollywood actor who is a host of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa[1] Starting as a radio jockey and VJ, he moved to acting on television daily soaps, before taking up stand-up comedy and hosting television reality series.[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Born in Delhi and brought up in a Punjabi family in Delhi, involved in financial business[3][4] Paul 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. He then lived with his grandmother in Chembur, Mumbai.[3]


Early career[edit]

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[edit]

Later he entered a channel Star One's Ghost Bana Dost to play the role of a ghost. Paul has acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil on ZeeNext, Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai on Star One, Wheel Ghar Ghar Mein & Kahani Shuru with Love Guru on Zee TV, 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.[2][3]

Though he had appeared in cameo roles like in Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer, Tees Maar Khan (2010),[7] Paul made his debut as a lead role of computer geek Mickey in Mickey Virus (2013).[8][9]

Television host and presenter[edit]

Subsequently, Paul started his career as television host and presenter, gained recognition after hosting, Saa Ree Gaa Maa Paa Chhote Ustaad, and later also appeared in stand-up comedy series, Comedy Circus.[7] 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 is currently co-hosting celebrity dance-reality competition, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 7) on Colors TV,with Ranvir Shorey.[2]

In 2011, he won the Best Anchor award for Zee TV's Dance India Dance Li'l Masters.[10]

He has also hosted "Science of Stupid" on National Geographic. Over the year, Paul has also compered numerous television award shows.[10]

Personal life[edit]

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][11]

TV shows[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel
2007 Chhoona Hai Aasmaan Farhaan Zaidi STAR One
2007 Zindadil Host STAR One
2008 Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayeng Karan NDTV Imagine
2008 Khooni Saaya Prem STAR One
2008 Kaali Chudail Prashant STAR One
2008 Honeymoon Hotel Raj STAR One
2008 Guest House Sidhaart STAR One
2008 Ghost Bana Dost Ghost Star One
2009 Ghar Ghar Mein Host Zee TV
2009 Kuch Kook Hota Hai Mannu 9X
2010 Dance India Dance Li'l Masters Host Zee TV
2010 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar Host Zee TV
2010 Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo Host Sony Entertainment Television
2010 Kiski Daal Galegi Host NDTV India
2011 Pyaar Mein Twist Amol STAR One
2011 Dance Ke Superstars Host Zee TV
2011 Star Ya Rockstar Contestant Zee TV
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Host Colors TV
2012 India's Got Talent Host Colors TV
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Host Colors TV
2014 Mad in India Host Star Plus
2014 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Host (replacing Drashti Dhami) Colors TV
2014 Science of Stupid Host (only in India) National Geographic Channel
2015 Brain Boosters Host (only in India) National Geographic Channel
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Host Colors TV
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Host Colors TV
2016 Science of Stupid 3 Host National Geographic Channel


Year Movie Role Notes
2009 Maruti Mera Dost Special appearance
2010 Tees Maar Khan Master India Special appearance
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance himself Friendly Appearance
2013 Mickey Virus Mickey Arora
2015 Ranbanka Rahul Sharma
2016 Tere Bin Laden 2 Sharma
2016 Katha
2017 Hrudayantar [MARATHI FILM]

Events and awards nights[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel
2008 GR8 Women's Award 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 UMANG Host Colors
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
2013 UMANG Host Colors
2015 UMANG Host Colors


  1. ^ "Happy in his space, Manish Paul". Daily News & Analysis. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Daily soaps weren't creatively satisfying: Manish Paul". 
  3. ^ a b c d "Personal Agenda:Manish Paul". Hindustan Times. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 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. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  5. ^ "I am not used to such adulation: Manish Paul". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Television's funny bone Manish Paul's love story with wife Sanyukta". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  7. ^ a b "I’ve decided to keep away from fiction: Manish Paul". The Times of India. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Manish Paul hopes to team up with Karan Johar soon". Hindustan Times. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Manish Paul all set to hit the silver screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-07-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Manish Paul's dream fulfilled!". The Times of India. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Manish Paul opens his heart". The Times of India. 10 Aug 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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