The Prayanam actor makes his OTT debut as a game show host with Ustaad
After making waves as an actor with a wide variety of roles and performances over the years, Manchu Manoj, post the release of Okkadu Migiladu, was on a self-imposed sabbatical from cinema. The break and a new chapter in his personal life - his marriage - have brought back the good-old enthusiasm in the actor and he’s all set for a comeback now. However, he’ll be embracing the digital medium this time.
Manoj, for the first time in his career, will be turning a game show host for Ustaad. Ustaad, a brainchild of the leading production house People Media Factory, promises to be a one-of-a-kind show, which comes with a caption - Ramp Aadidham. The actor’s use of a mask in the promos has certainly piqued the curiosity of crowds already. The OTT original show is all set to premiere on ETV Win on December 15.
In the recently launched promo of the show, Manoj reveals how fans are pillars in any actor’s life and Ustaad is his gift to those who’ve stood by him through his thick and thin. A press meet was organised earlier this week to confirm Ustaad’s streaming premiere and reports suggest Hi Nanna star Nani will participate in the first episode of the show.
Meanwhile, Manoj looks as fit as ever in his new avatar in the show and this must give his fans some reason to cheer as they await the release of his feature film - What The Fish - next year. Ustaad’s show creators People Media Factory earlier teamed with the Eenadu group for a chat show hosted by Vennela Kishore - Ala Modalaindi.
ETV Win has consciously tried to reinvent itself in the crowded OTT space with their unique strategy and some of their recent releases include the Telugu version of Flower of Evil, Odiyan, Pappan. The platform is coming up with another web show 90s on January 5, 2024. They’ve also acquired the post-theatrical OTT rights of an indie film How Is That For A Monday.