A Didn’t ex­pect to get ac­cepted

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

ctor-co­me­dian Maniesh Paul is on a roll, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. Af­ter be­ing a part of ac­tor Sal­man Khan’s Da-Bangg world tour, he is back to do­ing what he does best — mak­ing peo­ple laugh with his tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances, re­gal­ing au­di­ences with his funny quips on award shows, and tick­ling the au­di­ence’s funny bone with his per­for­mances in films.

When asked if he had any ap­pre­hen­sions be­fore en­ter­ing the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, and he says, “Ab­so­lutely none. Even my par­ents had no is­sues. They al­ways said ‘You are made for it (act­ing)’. I was very sorted, but the only thing I was wor­ried about was whether my ap­pear­ance would be ac­cepted or not. (Be­ing ac­cepted ) was the big­gest sur­prise for me.”

He also re­calls the fun­ni­est au­di­tion he had to give for a project. “I was re­jected at an au­di­tion. The peo­ple there gave the rea­son ki humein ‘khan­daani look­ing’ ladka chahiye. Mu­jhe uss din apne aap par shaq hua and I called up my father to ask ki hum khan­daani nahi hain kya?!”, laughs Maniesh.

Paul is of­ten fondly re­ferred to as the ‘Sul­tan of Stage’ by fel­low ac­tors and fans alike, and for good rea­son. Maniesh has, af­ter all, been a part of mul­ti­ple dance, singing and com­edy shows, and has carved a niche for him­self in the world of an­chor­ing with his quirky sense of hu­mour, and his spon­tane­ity on the stage.

How­ever, the suc­cess didn’t come easy, as Maniesh re­calls, “Re­jec­tions used to hap­pen say­ing ‘aapki photo achhi nahi aayi’.. I wanted to ask

I was re­jected at an au­di­tion as the peo­ple there wanted a ‘khan­daani look­ing’ ladka. I called up my father to ask ki hum khan­daani nahi hain kya? MANIESH PAUL, AC­TOR

them ‘kaam photo se karana hai ya bande se!”, adds the ac­tor, who later went on to play lead­ing roles in films such as Mickey Virus (2013) and Tere Bin laden 2 (2016).

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