Television anchor Manish Paul, whose Bollywood debut, Mickey Virus, is yet to hit screens, has bagged another lead role in Abhishek Sharma’s sequel to the 2010 hit satire, Tere Bin Laden. Paul, 31, plays a new character in the film, who helps the story to move further.
“I am playing the lead in the film along with the previous starcast. I got the offer to be a part of the film before I bagged Mickey Virus. Abhishek (director) had called me once and I auditioned for it. He was so impressed with my performance that he gave me the lead role in his film. I have recently started shooting for the film,” says Manish.
Tere Bin Laden’s sequel is scheduled to release next year. When asked whether he was replacing Ali Zafar, who made his acting debut with th original, Paul refused to comment.
Having started his career as a radio jockey, Paul acted in many TV soaps before becoming a successful TV anchor. Paul says he’d been getting offers in the past, but was waiting for a wholesome role to make his debut with. “I was getting several film offers, but I was not keen to do them as they were not good enough. I always wanted to be part of such films where I could show my acting prowess. I wanted a wholesome role as an actor,” says Paul, who will be hosting the upcoming season of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.
For his debut film, Paul has been getting in shape. “I had to prepare a lot for this role. I had to lose 14 kgs and build six-pack abs for a scene where my shirt goes off,” he says.