Bollywood host and actor Maniesh Paul shares his hourney into the world of singing.
For Delhi boy Maniesh Paul the turning point in his life came when he hosted Jhalak Dikhla Ja, a dance reality TV show in 2012. Paul had been a part of the glamour industry since 2007 when he began as a VJ for Zee Music in Delhi before moving on to Mumbai to seek more opportunities. He then became an RJ before transitioning to host TV shows and act in movies. After the dance show, he won awards for Mickey Virus in 2014.
Paul had his path chartered out from childhood as he wanted to be an actor. Sheer hardwork and a belief in himself got him through the rough patches in life.
The actor-singer is also deeply influenced by Salman Khan, who egged him to record a single. Paul has accompanied the star on multiple month-long tours to perform for global audiences. He recently went on a 30-days tour of the United States and Canada with Khan, Katrina Kaif, Prabhudeva, Sonakshi Sinha and Jacqueline Fernandez. They performed in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and London last year and are already planning for the next.
“It was a great experience performing with Khan. The shows and the turnout are humongous. I wasn’t only hosting, Khan gave me the opportunity to sing. I performed with everyone there,” he added.
He will soon be seen hosting Indian Idol and would also star in some films. A new single is also in the pipeline. The actor calls himself an “accidental singer”, as Khan told him to sing professionally. His debut single, Harjai featured Iulia Vantur, Khan’s alleged girlfriend while the second one, Munde Town de, a Punjabi song was a natural progression since he is a “hardcore Punjabi”.
“I sang in school and college. My hobby became a profession,” he added.
The all-round performer added his two bits against the Kiki challenge. “I saw this video where a girl got crushed under the car. There’s a big stretch of road behind my house where people trying this have met with accidents. I make people aware that this is not the way to enjoy life. Even if 10 people listen to me I will be happy I brought a change,” he said.
For future performers, he has only one advice that hard work and faith in one’s work is very important while finding a footing in the entertainment industry.
Writer: Asmita Sarkar
Courtesy: The Pioneer