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Mark Manuel


Mark Manuel is a senior Mumbai editor with over three decades of journalism in leading publications including the Times, mid-day, and Afternoon. Currently with the Dainik Bhaskar Group, he is respected for his writing, especially his interviews of famous people. His first book, a fictional police procedural crime thriller, will be out later this year. Bollywood has already shown an interest in it. In a tribute to Mark Manuel’s years of experience, every super cop of the Mumbai Police has worked on the book with him.

Mark Manuel

When Sridevi Presided Over Siddhivinayak Temple On Ganesh Chaturthi

One Ganesh Chaturthi some years ago, I invited the lovely Sridevi to join me for the for the 4.30pm aarti at Siddhivinayak, Mumbai’s temple of miracles, dedicated to Lord Ganesh, in Prabhadevi. She accepted my invitation without a fuss. She wasn’t Bollywood’s ruling queen then, and even when she was, I don’t think she was given to starry airs and tantrums.
12/09/2016 1:25 PM IST
Yogen Shah

Rekha: The Story She Actually Told

Rekha is suddenly in the news again. After years of “being a recluse”, the enigmatic actress finds every skeleton in her closet being unceremoniously hauled out and rudely aired in an unauthorized biography titillatingly titled ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’. The biographer attempted to get in touch with Rekha, but failed. I was more fortunate. One of the last “exclusives” Rekha gave before declaring every journalist persona non grata was to me.
07/09/2016 12:55 PM IST
Mark Manuel

‘SRK And The Other Stars I Trained Don’t Come To Me On Teachers’ Day’

It’s Teachers’ Day. But Barry John, the man famously known as Shah Rukh Khan’s acting guru, is not rejoicing. No celebrity student visits him on this day. Nor on Guru Purnima, a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. “Except Manoj Bajpayee,” he said, adding, “but he comes on my birthday, because we go back a long way. Manoj is like family to me.”
05/09/2016 1:55 PM IST