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Manish Paul (born 3 August 1981) is an Indian television host, anchor and Bollywood actor who is a host of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa[1] Starting as a radio jockey and VJ, he moved to acting on television daily soaps, before taking up stand-up comedy and hosting television reality series.[2]

Early life and background

Born in Delhi and brought up in a Punjabi family in Delhi, involved in financial business[3][4] Paul 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.[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.

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Acting career

Later he entered a channel Star One's Ghost Bana Dost to play the role of a ghost. Paul has acted in many serials like Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine, Zindadil on ZeeNext, Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai on Star One, Wheel Ghar Ghar Mein & Kahani Shuru with Love Guru on Zee TV, 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.[3][2]

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

Television host and presenter

Subsequently, Paul started his career as television host and presenter, gained recognition after hosting, Saa Ree Gaa Maa Paa Chhote Ustaad, and later also appeared in 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 is currently co-hosting celebrity dance-reality competition, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 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]

He has also hosted "Science of Stupid" on National Geographic. Over the year, Paul has also compered numerous television award shows.[10]

Personal life

He is married to Sanyukta Paul (m. 2007), who is Bengali. They met each other in their school, and started dating in late1998, soon their families knew each other, finally married in 2007.[6][11]

TV shows

Year Serial Role Channel
2007 Chhoona Hai Farhaan Zaidi STAR One
2007 Zindadil Host Zee Next
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 Sidhaart 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 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Rajit Star Plus
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 (replacing Drashti Dhami) Colors TV
2014 Science of Stupid Host (only in India) National Geographic Channel
2015 Brain Boosters Host (only in India) National Geographic Channel
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Host Colors TV
2016 Bigg Boss 9 Guest Colors TV


Year Movie Role Notes
2009 Maruti Mera Dost Special appearance
2010 Tees Maar Khan Master India Special appearance
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance himself Friendly Appearance
2013 Mickey Virus Mickey Arora
2015 Ranbanka Rahul Sharma
2016 Tere Bin Laden 2
2016 Katha

Events and awards nights

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, Manish Paul". Daily News & Analysis. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Daily soaps weren't creatively satisfying: Manish Paul.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Personal Agenda:Manish Paul. Hindustan Times (August 10, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-16. “" I’m a die-hard Punjabi"”
  4. 4.0 4.1 I shot my film near my father's office: Manish Paul. The Times of India (Jul 23, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  5. I am not used to such adulation: Manish Paul. Hindustan Times (August 5, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Television’s funny bone Manish Paul’s love story with wife Sanyukta. Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  7. 7.0 7.1 I’ve decided to keep away from fiction: Manish Paul. The Times of India (Jan 23, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  8. Manish Paul hopes to team up with Karan Johar soon. Hindustan Times (July 20, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  9. Manish Paul all set to hit the silver screen. The Times of India. Retrieved on 2012-07-20.[dead link]
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Manish Paul's dream fulfilled!". The Times of India. Jul 11, 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  11. Manish Paul opens his heart. The Times of India (Aug 10, 2011). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.

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Awards for Manish Paul
Indian Telly Award for Best Anchor
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