MUMBAI: The quirky and at times annoying host from Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Manish Paul will soon be making his debut on the silver screen with Mickey Virus. The TV host shares a close bond with Bollywood’s much-loved director Karan Johar, who also happens to be the judge on the dance reality show.
“Karan sir and I are very good friends. But I don’t talk to him about films. I have never asked him for a film,” said the 31-year-old at the launch of his upcoming movie’s first look.
However, it appears that Karan, who only associates with Bollywood’s biggies and star children, has already promised a role to Manish. “Karan sir has himself told me that if he has a good script for me only then he will call me because he doesn’t want to waste my talent by giving just a random role,” claimed Paul.
Paul has hosted many reality shows including Dance India Dance Li’l Masters and India’s Got Talent Season 4.
His debut project as a Bollywood actor, Mickey Virus, is written and directed by Surabh Verma. The movie is a comic-thriller about a computer hacker and also marks the debut of half-Greek half-Swedish model Elli Avram, in Bollywood.
While hosting India’s version of Dancing with the Stars, the rising actor showed a few clips of his film to the judges, who were truly delighted. “I had shown them a rough cut and they were happy with it. I was actually scared to show it to them because they are all stars in their [respective] fields,” he said.
Paul, who seems a tad bit nervous about his upcoming film, added “I have only hosted shows so far and no one has seen me act. So, I was scared, but thankfully all three [judges] responded well. I hope everyone reacts the same way,”
The film is scheduled to be released on September 13, this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2013.
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