Mandakini (actress)

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Mandakini
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Mandakini in Dec 2012
Born Yasmeen Joseph
(1969-07-30) 30 July 1969 (age 45)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Other names Mandakini Joseph Thakur
Ethnicity Mixed race, Anglo-Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–1999
Spouse(s) Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur (1990–present)

Not to be confused with Mandakini river

Mandakini (born 30 July 1969, as Yasmeen Joseph) is a former Bollywood actress. She is better remembered for her role in the 1985 movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

Early life[edit]

Mandakini was born in an Anglo Indian family in Meerut. Her father, Joseph[1] is British and her mother is muslim.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At 16, she was cast in the lead role in Raj Kapoor's 1985 movie, Ram Teri Ganga Maili opposite his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor. The movie was a hit, and it earned Mandakini a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.[2] The film also caused a stir because of two scenes: one in which Mandakini bathes under a waterfall wearing only a flimsy white saree through which her breasts are clearly visible and another in which she is shown breast-feeding a child. Some critics claimed that the scenes were vulgar and exploitative, and were used to get around the Indian Film Censor Board's stringent rules against nudity. Kapoor, as usual, defended the inclusion of the scenes stating that they were tasteful.

Mandakini acted in a few more successful films, such as Dance Dance with Mithun Chakraborty and Pyaar Karke Dekho with Govinda, but never managed to recreate the success of her first movie.

The Dawood connection[edit]

In 1994, photographs began circulating of Mandakini in the presence of dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Rumours had already been doing the rounds that the two were having an affair, and the photos only served to fuel them. One of the theories put forward was that Ibrahim, who was known to have a keen interest in Bollywood and had financed movies, had pressured Rishi Kapoor into casting Mandakini, and she was his mistress. Later, it was alleged that she had moved to Dubai to be with him.[3]

Mandakini vehemently denied all rumours linking her to Dawood.[4] While she admitted to knowing and being on friendly terms with him, she claimed that they did not know each other personally, let alone be a couple.[5]

Later career[edit]

Mandakini's career suffered a serious setback. She quit movies after Zordaar in 1996 and has lived in Mumbai with her husband and children. Since then, she has made attempts to reinvent herself. She released two pop music albums – No Vacancy and Shambala – neither of which was a success.

Currently, she runs classes in Tibetan yoga and is a follower of the Dalai Lama. With her husband, she runs a centre for Tibetan medicine, which is commonly known as the Tibetan Herbal Centre in the area.[6]

In January 2010 her husband confirmed that Mandakini would be co-directing an English film with him.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Mandakini married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur (who was famous as the Murphy baby) with children. She has a son named Rabbil and a daughter Rabze Innaya Thakur. Their son died in a road accident in 2000.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1996 Zordaar Neha
1991 Deshwasi Maryada Shivpal Singh
1990 Taqdeer Ka Tamasha Rajni
1990 Pyar Ke Naam Qurbaan Gauri
1990 Dushman Laxmi
1990 Jaan-E-Wafa
1990 Naya Khoon Dr. Seema
1990 Shandaar Anita Chaurasia
1990 Sheshnaag
1989 Ladaai Geeta Verma
1989 Desh Ke Dushman Anita Madan
1989 Hisaab Khoon Ka Preet K. Kaushal
1989 Na-Insaafi Kamli
1989 Jung Baaz Sangeeta Mathur/Neena Ninjo
1989 Aakhri Baazi Rita
1989 Kahan Hai Kanoon
1989 Naag Nagin Ichchadhari Nagin Chandni
1988 Agnee Ayushi
1988 Tezaab Nikita (special appearance)
1988 Maalamaal Honey
1988 Hum To Chale Pardes
1988 Commando Asha Malhotra
1988 Shoorveer Meena
1988 Jeete Hain Shaan Se Julie
1988 Pyaar Mohabbat
1987 Param Dharam Bijli
1987 Hawalaat Leela
1987 Dance Dance Janita
1987 Pyaar Karke Dekho Urvashi
1987 Loha Seema
1987 Apne Apne Ila
1986 Mazloom Meena
1986 Jaal Madhu
1986 Aag Aur Shola Usha
1986 Jeeva Nalini
1986 Om
1986 Simhasanam Visha Kanya Telugu film
1985 Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ganga Singh
1985 Aar Paar
1985 Mera Saathi Shanthi
1985 Antarer Bhalobasha Jhilik Bengali film with Tapas Paul

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actress Mandakini with Husband & Daughter at Durga Jasraj's Daughter's Wedding". Pink Villa. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Filmfare Awards" (PDF). p. 71. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Gangadhar, V (1 November 2002). "The price of fortune". The Hindu (N. Ram). Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  4. ^ I'm not Dawood's moll: Mandakini. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (24 February 2005). Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ Walia, Nona. "Mandakini: ‘I know Dawood but I’m not his woman’". 
  6. ^ Meet Mandakini, the spiritual guide. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (14 November 2005). Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  7. ^ Mandakani all set to direct film!
  8. ^ It's in the past now: Mandakini. Mid-day.com (8 March 2010). Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  9. ^ [1]

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