Mumbai, June 22 -- He is known for his comic timing, and his skills as a host. But Manish Paul doesn't want to restrict himself only to the small screen.
Even though his debut film, Mickey Virus (2013), didn't do too well at the box office, the actor is determined to pursue his Bollywood dream. "Everyone wants to grow, and do films eventually."
"Anyone saying otherwise is lying. It was my dream to do films, but I was never desperate. I believe a film chooses you, and not the other way around," says Manish.
However, at the moment, he is enjoying his stint on the tube. "TV has good visibility, and the biggest names are on it. Earlier, people would look down upon the small screen, but today there is no difference. The TV industry and Bollywood are merging into one," he says.
The 33-year-old is soon to return as the host of a dance reality TV show he has been anchoring for the past three seasons.
"I am glad to be back on the show, but I need to take the entertainment to the next level," he says. Does he ever worry that his image as a host might overshadow his credibility as an actor? "I have hosted so many shows in the past that people love me for my hosting. I can't expect people to call me an actor, if only one of my movies has released. With more releases, they will recognise me for my acting as well," says Manish.
His second film, a sequel to Tere Bin Laden (2010), was supposed to come out this year, but has now been delayed. "Such things don't frustrate me; I simply do my job. The release date is the call of the makers."
"I believe in destiny, and whatever has been destined will happen," says the unperturbed actor, who, while waiting for the release of that film, is shooting for two more movies, one of which (it will be directed by Aryaman Ramsay) will see him in an intense role. "I do what comes naturally to me. I am happy doing comic roles, and now I am excited about my intense role as well," he says.