Manish Paul Is Okay With Comparisons Between Ali Zafar And Himself

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Indian television host, anchor and Bollywood actor Manish Paul poses for a profile shoot on September 20, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- He may be known for his comic-timing but actor-TV host Manish Paul says he wants to try different roles and not stick only to comedy.

Manish, who made his Bollywood debut in the 2013 comedy Mickey Virus, says he is keen to do a romantic or an action film now.

"I don't choose roles, the directors and producers offer me...I am just two film old right now so I can't be that choosy. May be after this if people say, 'lets try something different with him', I'll be open to do," Manish said in an interview.

"I want to try different roles. I just don't want to get restricted to comedy. I would love to do an out-an-out romantic film and hardcore serious action film. Let's see if I get that," he added.

Before bagging his first breakthrough hosting assignment in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the 34-year-old actor did a few daily soaps.

When asked if he would go back and do more daily soaps, Manish said, "I have done two to three (TV serials) ..Honestly, I don't think I can do that. I don't mean to say they are below my level but I think I am below their level.

"My creativity does not match with the shows and then that is a problem. I couldn't get the satisfaction so that's why I couldn't do it. So I left it. I was free for a year, sitting at home doing nothing. Then hosting happened and everything clicked."

The actor, however, is open to do a limited-TV series like the show 24.

"Yes that is a good option. A show like 24 is awesome, so if more shows are getting made like that, I would love to be a part of it."

Manish will be next seen in Tere Bin Laden- Dead or Alive.The film is a sequel to Abhishek Sharma's Tere Bin Laden (2010) which starred Pakistani pop icon Ali Zafar.

The actor is "ok" with comparisons between him and Zafar, who he says is a "star."

"I think I am ok with the comparisons... Ali is not a bad actor to be comapred with. He is a good actor, very good singer, he is a star in himself. It will be good if the comparisons happens."

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