With me, even Ranvir opened up: Manish Paul
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With me, even Ranvir opened up: Manish Paul

The king of rib-tickling one-liners, Manish Paul is being called back to pep up Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Does it mean he is the "indispensable" factor of the show? "No one is indispensable... I believe in staying grounded, and let my work speak for myself," says the 32-year-old.

tv Updated: Jun 27, 2014 19:19 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Manish Paul,Ranvir Shorey,Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa

Having hosted the last three seasons of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, and now being called back to pep up yet another edition of the dance reality show, actor Manish Paul might seem like the ­‘indispensible’ factor of the show. The 32-year-old, ­however, doesn’t want to think that way.

“No one is indispensable, at least I never say that... I believe in staying grounded, and let my work speak for myself,” says the Delhi-boy, who’ll now be seen hosting the show with Ranvir Shorey.

Read:People told me they can’t watch Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa without me: Manish Paul

TV actor Drashti Dhami and Ranvir, ­incidentally, drew a lot of flak across social media for lack of “spontaneity”, post which Drashti was replaced by Paul. Though there’s a strong buzz about Ranvir too, is on his way out, Paul refutes it saying, “He’s very much on the show. In fact, sab bol rahein hain ki Ranvir khul gaya mere saath.” And what about ego issues, considering Paul’s like a ‘veteran’ of the show? “There are no ­insecurities between us... we are ­having fun ­hosting it,” he assures.

Read:5 things that need to be changed in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7

A pro at rib-tickling one-liners, Paul doesn’t want to talk about where all Drashti could have gone wrong. “She’s a great friend, and I am not here to judge anybody. In fact, I feel sad for her actually... I think she was doing well,” says the Micky Virus (2013) actor, who’s now straddling between this show and the post ­production of his next release.

“If all goes well, I might even start shooting for my third Bollywood film by mid August,” he reveals.

First Published: Jun 27, 2014 18:19 IST