Maniesh Paul - “My Mantra is to Keep Things Easy-Going and Relaxed”

B-Town guy Maniesh Paul needs no introduction. He first made a name for himself in 2014, with his cinematic debut in Mickey Virus. And there’s been no looking back for the actor who has films like Tere Bin Laden and Baa Baaa Black Sheep to his credit. Maniesh was also recently part of the much-loved Da Bangg tour along with big names like Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Katrina Kaif, and others.

Known for hosting several popular award and reality television shows, Maniesh is humorous to say the least. He is also an avid car enthusiast, revealing here that he would love to own a Rolls-Royce or a Ferrari one day.

You were part of the DaBangg tour with Salman Khan recently. How was the experience?
The DaBangg tour with Salman bhai was wonderful. We put up several shows across the world and we had an absolute blast doing so. The tour was a super hit and we got a great response from the audience. It’s always fun to work with Salman sir, the kind of mileage he gives, the kind of experience we have while working with him, is absolutely wonderful.

You’ve been seen frequently in comic roles. Is comedy your first love?
I wouldn’t say comedy is my first love. I believe that as an actor one should explore every genre, be it comedy or intense roles or even romantic ones. I am open to exploring both positive and negative roles, although I am more prone to the positive side. Thankfully, though,
I have been getting different kinds of roles of late, and I have quite a few interesting projects lined up. I’m really looking forward to their release.

Delivering a message or commercial success: Which is more important?
Well, commercial success does matter, but in today’s day and age, content and commercial success go hand-in-hand with each other. Content is king today. Films with messages do exceptionally well at the box office and that is a good change.

Are you open to short films or web series, considering their recent success?
Short films and web series have opened up a lot of windows for actors today. I am working on a couple of short films which will be out soon, and there are talks about a web series too. As long as the actor in me is satisfied, I am open to all sorts of platforms.

What’s the best part about being part of Bollywood?
The most fun part of being in Bollywood is I get to do what I want. I always wanted to be an actor and I am one today. I get to play different roles and live somebody else’s life everyday, and that is amazing!

Are you a director’s actor or one who believes in method acting?
I am definitely a director’s actor. I love to just go with the flow of my director’s vision, whatever he wants me to portray; the way he wants me to do it. I surely have my inputs which I like to discuss with the director. But at the end of the day, he is the captain of the ship and I as an actor follow what he says.

What car or bike do you currently drive?
I’ve never had a bike. My parents and wife are completely anti-bike. They don’t let me own one or even ride on one, since I’m quite fast on the road. In fact, I had almost booked a Harley Davidson once but had to cancel because my family was against it. I currently drive a Mercedes Benz.

What’s your dream car?
My dream car is a Rolls-Royce. I’d love to own a Rolls or a Ferrari one day.

So what’s in the pipeline?
I have done two short films, one of which should release in August. We are still working on the release date for the other. There is also a film that I have produced, which will be out soon. So yes, there are some cool things coming up.

What’s your mantra in life?
Being easy-going and relaxed. I don’t take too much stress, and that has helped me over the years.

--- as told to Jaideep Pandey
(connect with him on #Twitter: @PandeyJaideep