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
Born (1981-08-03) 3 August 1981
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Sanyukta Paul
(m. 2007)

Early life and background

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 career

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.

Acting career

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 presenter

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, he 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 life

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]


2007Chhoona Hai AasmaanFarhaan ZaidiSTAR One
2007ZindadilHostSTAR One
2008Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar DikhayengKaranNDTV Imagine
2008Khooni SaayaPremSTAR One
2008Kaali ChudailPrashantSTAR One
2008Honeymoon HotelRajSTAR One
2008Guest HouseSidharthSTAR One
2008Ghost Bana DostGhostStar One
2009Ghar Ghar MeinHostZee TV
2009Kuch Kook Hota HaiMannu9X
2010Dance India Dance Li'l MastersHostZee TV
2010Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing SuperstarHostZee TV
2010Comedy Circus Ka JadooHostSony Entertainment Television
2010Kiski Daal GalegiHostNDTV India
2011Pyaar Mein TwistAmolStar Plus
2011Dance Ke SuperstarsHostZee TV
2011Star Ya RockstarContestantZee TV
2012Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5HostColors TV
2012India's Got TalentHostColors TV
2013Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6HostColors TV
2014Mad In IndiaHostStar Plus
2014Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7HostColors TV
2014Science of StupidHostNational Geographic Channel
2015Brain BoostersHostNational Geographic Channel
2015Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8HostColors TV
2016Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9HostColors TV
2016Science of Stupid 3HostNational Geographic Channel
2018Indian IdolHostSony TV
2019Nach Baliye 9HostStar Plus
2019Movie Masti with Manish PaulHostZee 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 nights

2008GR8 Women's AwardHostSony TV
2008–2009Mumbai Police Show Organised by CineyugHostSony TV
2009–2010Zee Rishtey AwardsHostZee TV
2009–2010Zee Gold AwardsHostZee TV
2010Zee Diwali DhamakaHostZee TV
2010Sahara India PariwarHostStar Plus
2011BIG Star Entertainment AwardsHostStar Plus
2010Indian Telly AwardsHostColors TV
2010Indian Television Academy AwardsHostColors TV
2011Femina Miss IndiaHostSony TV
2012STAR Parivaar AwardsHostStar Plus
2012Femina Miss IndiaHostSony TV
2012Indian Telly AwardsHostColors TV
2012Golden Petal AwardsHostColors TV
2012BIG Star Entertainment AwardsHostStar Plus


  1. "Happy in his space, Maniesh Paul". Daily News & Analysis. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. "Daily soaps weren't creatively satisfying: Manish Paul".
  3. "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. "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. "Television's funny bone Manish Paul's love story with wife Sanyukta". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  7. "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.
  10. "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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