The actor turns a game show host for ETV Win’s original Ustaad
Manchu Manoj, who last acted in the war drama Okkadu Migiladu, is making a comeback as a game show host with his OTT debut Ustaad. A web original for ETV Win, the streaming platform of the Eenadu group, Ustaad, produced by People Media Factory, will premiere on December 15. At a press meet hosted by the show creators, Manoj opened up on Ustaad, embracing the digital medium and more.
“I am returning to the industry after seven years and finding my life partner. I saw a different life in this gap. Earlier, I did films with a passion, as if I had a goal to achieve. Noticing the love I had from you all, I see it as a responsibility and have resumed my journey. My fans were my strength all these years. I will bounce back with vengeance this time,” the actor said.
He shared that ETV, People Media Factory were a source of support with Ustaad. “Ustaad’s team has been like family. The banner will announce another good news shortly. I want to repay my fan’s love across every medium beyond cinema. I really liked the concept of a superstar playing a game for his beloved fan. The prize money will ultimately go to the fan.”
His aim with Ustaad is to go a step closer to audiences. “The show has come out very well, it’s entertaining. Generally, game shows don’t give us money, but here the participant has the opportunity of winning upto Rs 50 lakhs along with special gifts in Ustaad.” He conveyed his gratitude to BVS Ravi, his director, photographer, friends and family for standing by him over the years.
“This is only the beginning, it feels like a rebirth. I have got offers to act in a regular action film after comeback, but my heart still beats for unique stories. The show has come to my life at the right time, staying in touch with the audiences is my primary interest,” he signed off.