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Maniesh Paul remembers how he ‘lit’ not-so-successful actors at awards shows, then they changed: ‘They don’t even look at me’

Maniesh Paul has been in the entertainment industry for a number of years and during those years he has hosted several television shows and awards ceremonies. In a recent episode of his podcast, the Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa host said many unlucky actors would urge him to spotlight 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 regained some success later on.

On how success changes people’s attitudes, Maniesh said:Yeh maine dekha hai. Boht saare log ajeeb se ho jate hain. Most important both hosting karta their 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 pas aake, I’ll highlight you.’ You know maine yeh kia hai. And now jab unki thodi is filming chali hain, voh backstage aake spleen hi nahi hain. (I’ve seen this. A lot of people get weird. As you know, I’d host a lot of awards shows. A lot of actors, who weren’t doing so well at the time, often asked me if I could announce them well. I’d tell them I will come in the audience and will spotlight them. And I did this. And now, when their movies do well, they don’t even meet me backstage).’

Maniesh said that even when he was backstage with those actors, they didn’t acknowledge his presence. “Backstage aake na (When we’re backstage), they don’t look at me. And unki PR aayegi (Their PR coming up) ‘How do you introduce him?’ Maine kaha (I tell them) I don’t have to tell you, I’ll talk to him. Aur main unke pas 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 batein mat karo yaar. Aaj time hai kal nahi hoga. (I said don’t do this. Luck is in your favor now, but it won’t always be).”

Maniesh recently received a lot of credit for his work in the Dharma Productions movie JugJugg Jeeyo.

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