Is there any need to tell about Maniesh Paul? Obviously, a big No. He is one of the most popular hosts in the Hindi film industry. He also co-hosted the IIFA Awards 2022 held in Abu Dhabi earlier in June. In an interview, Maniesh recalled that he has never offended anyone while hosting but got scared when hero Akshay Kumar reacted strongly to his joke and left the stage at an awards show in 2010.
Maniesh told Siddharth Kannan, “I was once having fun with Akshay sir, but it went a bit far. I remember this was at an award night in 2010, I had asked him to say a dialogue. He had reprimanded me. Mimicking Akshay, Maniesh recalled that the actor had told him, ‘Chup kar tu, bakwas karte rehta hai (shut up, you talk rubbish)’. I thought what happened to him, he just left the stage. I thought we were still joking around, I was afraid this would become a problem. Then I went down in the audience. I joked around with him, then it became ‘the moment’ of the show. Akshay sir also came back and hugged me, and told me you are good. Then I was relieved that it was all nice and happy.”
Maniesh recalled that the incident had left him concerned for a few minutes. He said, “I thought he was pulling my leg. I thought if some cut-paste happens here, I would be in trouble. I was just starting out. But thankfully channel was very sweet and did nothing like that. Akshay sir to masti karte hi hain. 2 minute ke liye to mere tote ud gaye the, mere maathe pe thanda pasina aa gaya tha. I thought khatam bhaiya, bag pack karo, chalo wapas, Akshay Sir ne band baja di hai. But baad mein pata chala ki Akshay Sir bhi masti kar rahe the (It’s normal for Akshay Sir to joke around. But for 2 minutes I was completely scared, I had cold sweat on my forehead. I thought my career is over, should pack my bags and go back. I later found out he was also joking).”
On the professional front, he will be seen as Kiara Advani’s brother in JugJugg Jeeyo, which also stars Varun Dhawan, Neetu Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor. The movie is going to hit the theatres on June 24.