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"Pandemic was a blessing for me"

Nothing can stop Bollywood actor Maniesh Paul from spreading his wings. After donning several hats of that of a radio jockey, singer, TV host, stage performer and podcaster, he will soon be seen on TV screens as a reality show host. We spoke to the actor, who got candid about his life. Excerpts…

What kept you going during the lockdown?

I am blessed to have such a wonderful family. I love spending time with them. I generally don’t find time to spend with them because most of the times I am travelling or shooting. The pandemic, in a way, was a blessing for me. I kept myself busy during the lockdown. I read, wrote poems, sang songs and made podcasts. I think we need to channelise ourselves to something positive rather than thinking that things are not working.

How do you prepare yourself as a host before coming on the stage?

I don’t follow a script. In fact, I cannot remember lines as I tend to get conscious. I believe in performing impromptu acts. I also try to be conversational as it makes the interactions engaging.

Of all the roles that you have played so far, which role is close to your heart?

The role of being an entertainer in close to my heart.

Who is your favourite host?

Amitabh Bachchan sir because the way he engages audiences, that is hands down the best thing a good host can do.

Which genre are you keen to work in?

I love thriller movies.

Do you regret about something?

I don’t have any regrets in my heart. I don’t keep a scope for negativity around me. I enjoy what I do. I try giving my best shot and even if I miss an opportunity, I don’t regret. It’s all in destiny. If something is destined to happen, it will and I am a firm believer in destiny.

What is your dream role?

I love Amitabh Bachchan sir’s role in Deewar and I wish someday I get that role.

Do hosts get stereotyped?

Sometimes, hosts do get stereotyped. But I think it is some people’s lack of vision.

What is your message for the youth?

Just stay positive and never give up. I feel sad when I hear about some of my friends who gave up because they couldn’t achieve what they wanted to. One should not give up so easily. It is important to stay focussed.

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