Maniesh Paul has been in the entertainment industry for several years now and in these years he has hosted several TV shows and award shows. In a recent episode of his podcast, the Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Host shared that many down-on-his-luck actors would call on him to feature them or give them a shoutout at events. The JugJugg Jeeyo actor said that although he supported them at the time, the actors ignored him when they later regained some level of success.
Maniesh talked about how success changes people’s attitudes, “Yeh maine dekha hai. Boht saare log ajeeb se ho jate hain. Main boht hosting karta she as you know. Both actors, jinka unn dino kaam chal nahi raha tha, they would say ‘arre Maniesh mereko aisa announce kar dena, thoda aisa kar dena. Please mereko bula nahi rahe hain’. Toh main kehta tha ‘chinta mat kar, main audience mein tere paas aake, I want to highlight you.’ You know maine yeh kia hai. And now jab unki film thodi chali hain, voh backstage aake milte hi nahi hain. (I’ve seen this. A lot of people get weird. As you know, I would host a lot of award shows. A lot of actors, who weren’t doing very well at the time, would often ask me if I could advertise them well. I would tell them I’m going to come in the audience and highlight them. And I did. And now when their films do well, they don’t even meet me backstage).”
Maniesh said that even when he has been with these actors backstage, they did not acknowledge his presence. “Backstage aake na (When we’re backstage), they won’t look at me. And unki PR aayegi (Their PR will come) ‘How do you introduce him?’ Maine kaha (I tell them) I don’t have to tell you, I’m talking to him. Aur main unke paas jata hun, kya ho gaya? (I ask them what’s going on?) They’ll be like ‘oh nothing’.” Maniesh concluded by saying, “Maine kaha yeh baatein mat karo yaar. Aaj time hai kal nahi hoga. (I said don’t do this. Luck is in your favor right now, but it won’t always be).
Maniesh recently received a lot of praise for his work in the Dharma Productions film JugJugg Jeeyo.