The weekend show Mad in India goes on air from 16th Feb but not much has been said about the show by Manish. Telling us more about it, he says, "As the title suggests Mad in India is a show which is full of fun and entertainment. Apart from me hosting the show there are other characters as well. I cannot talk much about the format since we want it to be a surprise for the viewers. All I can say is that it is a total mad show." And his role will be as a host, right? "Yes, I will be the host whereas the other characters will be seen coming and going in various avatars. I will be doing what I do best - singing, dancing and hosting."
Talking about the other actors who will be coming in, Manish says, "The show will have Sunil Grover, Dolly Ahluwalia, Shweta Tiwari, Siddharth Jadhav amongst others who will be playing various characters whereas I will be the constant factor as a host."
While Manish is the host of the show, one of the actors from his show, Sunil Grover has been the focus ever since the news came out maybe because Sunil had abruptly quit his earlier show Comedy Nights with Kapil. What does Manish feel about the same? "I don't have any problem if everyone focuses on Sunil since he is a great actor and a friend. I am happy since at the end of the day we are all part of the same show and even if the focus is on one of us ultimately the show is getting highlighted."
Actors who go on to do Films after doing TV don't want to associate with TV later but that does not seem to be the case with Manish as he says, "I have just wrapped up the shoot for my next film Tere Bin Laden and am listening to couple of scripts too but I have no issues with doing Television in the meantime. I have no attitude like thinking about TV being a smaller medium."
However, Manish who has earlier done fiction shows too on TV is now interested in doing only non-fiction, "As far as it is non-fiction I will continue being a part of Television since I cannot do fiction on TV. Doing fiction on TV is creatively very irritating along with the longs hours associated with it and I appreciate those who can show so much of dedication but I am happy with doing films. I like the entire process of film making, the preparations done in advance, the workshops, everything."
But is he not worried about getting slotted into the comedy genre? "No, I don't think so since I have never done character get-ups or stand-up comedy acts. Even with Mad In India when the Star Plus team came to me saying we want a film actor to do this show I was very happy since they understood the things I would be comfortable with."
The witty actor gives a tongue in cheek reply to our last question as to why should we watch Mad In India? "Mad In India is full of entertainment and one should watch it for me & Sunil and all the fun you need!"
Seema Khot Mattoo