Profession: Actress , Supporting Actress
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  • Also Know as :- Mandakini
  • Profession:- Actress , Supporting Actress
  • Gender :- female
  • Birthdate:- 30 Jul 1963
  • Status:- Married
  • Active Years:- Till Today

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Mandakini got her popularity and fame in Ram Teri Ganga Maili Mandakini would have been into oblivion as she was discarded by film industry when she gave a row of flops films like Aar Paar, Mera Saathi and two Bengali films Antarer Bhalobasha and Andha Bichar. All these films were released in 1985 and Mandakini despite her sharp and gorgeous features was labeled a flop actress. Call it pure destiny, Indian cinema’s biggest showman Raj Kapoor was making Ram Teri Ganga Mali during the same period. He had finalized his Bobby heroine, Dimple Kapadia to play Ganga but after the first shot he was disappointed as Dimple had turned old and didn’t fit the role. He was quite distressed as and he had screen tested many actresses but none suited his imagination. That’s when she was discovered by Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor gave her a new name –Mandakini and stunned the audience with her majestic beauty. Raj Kapoor not just exposed her naïve beauty but also brilliantly brought the actor in her by giving her a tailor made role. Mandakini lived up to Raj Kapoor’s expectation and gave a superlative performance. She was nominated for Best actress Filmfare award and was amidst top actresses like Jaya PradaSanjog; Padmini KolhapurePyaar Jhukta Nahin and Rati AgnihotriTawaif but unfortunately lost to Dimple Kapadia in Saagar. Nevertheless, the movie made her a star and her name has got immortalized in annals of Indian cinema.

Mandakini wanted to become a film actress Mandakini is an Anglo Indian. She was born and brought up in Meerut. Her father Joseph, a British origin, migrated to India and fell in love with Mandakini’s mother, Munni. Mandakini’s real name is Yasmeen Joseph. Since birth, she dreamt of becoming a film actress. Her parents never objected her dream and she landed in Mumbai in early 80’s.

Mandakini is happily married to the famous Murphy Radio advt baby All those in their 40’s and 50’s will remember the cute looking baby in the popular Murphy Radio advertisements in the 1970s and 1980s. Well the baby is now the famous Buddist monk turned herbal doctor Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur and happily married to film actress Mandakini. How the two contrasting personalities fell in love is an interesting story. After the huge success of Ram Teri Ganga Mali, Mandakini’s film career failed to succeed and her dream of being a popular actress was dazed. She took to alcohol and drugs and was on verge of killing herself when she came in contact with a spiritual guru Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur. He brought solace and peace in her life through spiritual healing and mediation. The two married in 1990 and are serving society through herbal click Tibetan Herbal Centre in Mumbai. Mandakini also conducts Yoga classes

Mandakini was initially discarded by Bollywood Few many know that Ram Teri Ganga Mali is not the debut film of Mandakini. In fact she was initially discarded by Bollywood when she tried her luck in early 80’s. Since was a newcomer and neither had a godfather nor was a trained actress or had stage background. Hence she was ignored by Bollywood. Hence to survive she did few Bengali films but her heart was in Mumbai. She kept struggling in Mumbai. Fortunately in Mumbai, eminent film producer Ranjit Virk, who had produced hit films like Amitabh Bachchan’s Be-naam and Dharmendra’s Krodhi (directed by Subhash Ghai) was impressed by her beauty. He was making a movie to launch his son Aman Virk and was looking for new actresses. Hence he signed Mandakini for his film Mazloom and changed her name from Yasmeen to Madhuri. Raj Kapoor changed Madhuri to Mandakini Though Ranjit Virk did the Mahurat of his film Mazloom with fanfare but the shooting of the film got delayed. Meanwhile Mandakini gave screen test to Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor was so overwhelmed by her stunning beauty that he signed her and changed her name from Madhuri to Mandakini for his film Ram Teri Ganga Mali. The film became a box-office sensation and Mandakini became a star, overnight! Mandakini failed to uphold her stardom After the huge success of Ram Teri Ganga Mali, Mandakini’s career was marred by films that she had signed before Ram Teri Ganga Mali. All the film producers who had left their films incomplete; hastily completed their films and released to bank on the stardom of Mandakini’s success. Even Ranjit Virk, producer of her first signed film Mazloom, released film and soon her other films too released like Simhasanam (Telugu), Aar Paar, Om etc. but since most of the films were outdated and haphazardly completed failed miserably. Surprisingly, also the big banner films failed that Mandakini had signed after Ram Teri Ganga Maili’s success like Raj N. Sippy’s Jeeva opposite Sanjay Dutt, K. Bapaiah’s Aag Aur Shola opposite Jeetendra, Salim’s multi-star film Loha with Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha, Surendra Mohan’s multi-star film Hawalaat with Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor etc. In her short career of over six years, besides Ram Teri Ganga Maili, she did only few hit films, like Dance Dance with Mithun Chakraborty, Jaal with Jeetendra and a cameo in Anil Kapoor’s hit film Tezaab. Mandakini and her infamous connection with Dawood Ibrahim More than the success of Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Mandakini became infamous for the photograph with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in media and TV. Soon after the photo was published in media in 1994-95, several stories were circulated stating she is the moll of the don. Some even claimed Dawood, who was known for financing films those days had forced RK films to cast her in the film Ram Teri Ganga Maili. However Mandakini in her interviews has consistently denied all these as rumors. She claimed that after the success of Ram Teri Ganga Maili, she was doing many foreign tours. Once at Dubai when she was doing a show she attended an Indo-Pak cricket match. Incidentally Dawood Ibrahim was also watching the match. Just like any other fan, he too was her fan. As the two chatted for few minutes, a TV camera captured their picture and things became difficult for her. The media made her life hell circulating stories that she had married Dawood and the two have a son. But Mandakini has denied and clarified that she has no romantic connection with Dawood Ibrahim in her umpteen interviews.

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