New Delhi: TV anchor Manish Paul, whose Bollywood debut 'Mickey Virus' is yet to hit screens, has bagged the lead role in Abhishek Sharma's sequel to 2010 hit satire 'Tere Bin Laden'.

Paul, 31, plays a new character in the film, who helps the story to move further. "I am playing the lead in the film along with the previous star cast. I got the offer to be a part of the film before I bagged 'Mickey Virus'.

"Abhishek (director) had called me once and I auditioned for it. He was so impressed with my performance that he gave me the lead role in his film. I have recently started shooting for 'Tere Bin Laden' sequel," Manish said.

'Tere Bin Laden' sequel is scheduled to hit theatres next year. When asked whether he was replacing Ali Zafar, Paul declined to divulge further details about the film. Having started his career as a radio jockey, Paul starred in many TV soaps before turning a successful TV anchor.

Paul said he was getting many offers for films in the past but was waiting for a "wholesome" role to make his debut. "I was getting many film offers but was not keen to do them because they were not good enough. I always wanted to be a part of such films where I could show my acting. I wanted a wholesome role as an actor," said Paul, who is hosting the upcoming season of 'Jhalak Dikhla Ja'.

For his debut film 'Mickey Virus', Paul will be seen in a new avatar with six-pack abs. "I had to prepare a lot for this character. I play a hacker in the film and I had to learn computer for it. Physically, I had to lose 14 kgs and built six pack abs for a scene where my shirt goes off," he added. But as an actor, Paul said he had to unlearn many technicalities while facing a camera.

"When we face the camera as an anchor, it is a completely different experience compared to films. Anchoring is loud and prompt but acting is subtle and soft. So, I had to undo many things and was like any newcomer on the sets," he said.


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