NEW DELHI: TV presenter, comedian and actor Maniesh Paul says he’s looking forward to his OTT debut with Ritam Srivastav’s dramatic thriller.
Not sharing much about the project, he said, “I’m happy to have roles where I can show off my acting skills beyond just one genre which is comedy. I can’t speak a lot of this web series but I’m not playing a comic book character and it’s a very interesting role that I can talk more about in December.
“It’s a thriller drama and I was very happy when this project came to me because now people will see me doing something different.
He is keen to do more fictional projects and explore himself as an actor.
Maniesh is ready to host the celebrity dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10’ which is coming back after five years and he thinks after the last season of this show the biggest thing that happened to him is that Karan Johar gave him ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’.
He tells IANS: “It’s like when one door closes the other opens for you. Post ‘Jhalak’ Karan Sir offered me ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ and it was definitely a profitable thing for me. People have started to recognize me as an actor and actually those who rejected me once come up with different kinds of offers and I’m really excited to see my acting chart moving forward.”
Additionally, Maniesh shares how he continues to evolve as a host on each show so audiences can see a different side of him.
“Hosting is really hard, I don’t think hosting is easy at all. A lot of people thought hosting is just about leaving and you have a 30 page script, read it and come back to the I’ve never done that since day one. I’ve always tried to go beyond the script.
“I’ve always worked hard on it and I think it’s my responsibility to add entertainment and fun to it. So, I’ve always done that. I’ve always taken care of the competitors. end of the season, I don’t remember any competitor having been in contact with me, they are all in contact with me because I have become a family.”
He continues on how he motivates the contestants during the show: “There are days when they have a great performance. There are days when they have a bad performance and on that day they are closest to me, because I am the one who stands closest to them.”
“I can feel their pulse, I can feel their heartbeat. I can sometimes feel that they might be demoralized by what the judges are saying. Because at the end of the day, nobody likes to hear criticism. That’s the moment I stand with it and tell them next time you’ll do better and I’m glad people appreciate it all.”
How he views Karan and Madhuri Dixit as judges: “I found them to be very down to earth and grounded with me or the contestants or the creators and the channel people and I think we need to learn that trait from them” , he concludes.