Manish Paul

Manish Paul is an Indian television host, anchor and actor.[1] Starting as a radio jockey and VJ, he moved to acting before taking up stand-up comedy and hosting.[2]

Manish Paul
Manish Paul at ITA 2012.jpg
Born (1981-08-03) 3 August 1981 (age 39)
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Sanyukta Paul
(m. 2007)

Early life and backgroundEdit

Paul was born and brought up in Malviya Nagar , 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, University of Delhi. He then lived with his grandmother in Chembur, Mumbai.[3]


Early careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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.[2][3]

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

Television host and presenterEdit

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.[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 co-hosted the celebrity dance-reality competition Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 on Colors TV with Ranvir Shorey.[2]

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

Paul has also hosted Science of Stupid on National Geographic. Over the years, Paul has hosted numerous award shows. In 2019, he hosted Sony TV's Indian Idol 10.[10] Next, he hosted Star Plus's Nach Baliye 9.

Personal lifeEdit

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]


Year Show 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 Sidharth 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 Plus
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 Colors TV
2014 Science of Stupid Host National Geographic Channel
2015 Brain Boosters Host 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
2018 Indian Idol Host Sony TV
2019 Nach Baliye 9 Host Star Plus
2019 Movie Masti with Manish Paul Host Zee TV
2020 Mujhse Shaadi Karoge Host Colors TV
2020 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 2020 Host Zee TV


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2009 Maruti Mera Dost Himself Hindi Special appearance
2010 Tees Maar Khan Master India Hindi Special appearance
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Himself Hindi Special appearance
2013 Mickey Virus Mickey Arora Hindi Bollywood debut
2015 Ranbanka Rahul Sharma Hindi
2016 Tere Bin Laden 2 Sharma Hindi
2017 Hrudayantar Himself Marathi Special appearance
2018 Baa Baaa Black Sheep Baba Hindi
2018 Katha Remake  TBA Hindi Post-production[12]
TBA Jatt & Juliet Remake  TBA Hindi Filming[13]


Year Song Name Role Lyrics Music Label Female Actress
2018 Harjai[14] Singer, Model Sachin Gupta Sachin Gupta T-Series Lulia Vantur

Events and awards nightsEdit

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, Maniesh 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. 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. 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. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "I've decided to keep away from fiction: Manish Paul". The Times of India. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Manish Paul all set to hit the silver screen". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 July 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Manish Paul's dream fulfilled!". The Times of India. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Manish Paul opens his heart". The Times of India. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Manish Paul completed the shoot of Katha Remake"
  13. ^ "Sunny Leone and Manish Paul in Jatt And Juliet Hindi remake"
  14. ^ "Manish Paul romantic with Lulia Vantur in Harjai". RedMux. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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