Mandakini (actress)

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Mandakini in Dec 2012
Yasmeen Joseph

(1963-07-30) 30 July 1963 (age 55)
Other namesMandakini Joseph Thakur
Years active1985–1996
Spouse(s)Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur (1990–present)

Mandakini (born 30 July 1963 as Yasmeen Joseph) is a former Bollywood actress. She is best 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.


Early career[edit]

Starting off as an unknown girl from Meerut, Yasmin was rejected by at least three film makers before Ranjit Virk changed her name to Madhuri and signed her up for Mazloom. Before the film could take off, Raj Kapoor discovered her at age 22 and cast her in a lead role in the 1985 movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili with the screen name "Mandakini" opposite his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor. The movie was a blockbuster, and it earned Mandakini a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.[2] She caused a stir after she was seen partially nude in two sequences of the film. [3] Mandakini acted in a few more successful films, such as Dance Dance with Mithun Chakraborty, Kahan Hai Kanoon with Aditya Pancholi and Pyaar Karke Dekho with Govinda, but never recreated the success of her first movie.

The Dawood connection[edit]

After 1989, Mandakini mysteriously stopped signing films, though she had several film releases in 1990 and eventually faded from Bollywood. In the early nineties, 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.[4]

Mandakini vehemently denied all rumours linking her relation to Dawood. She was extremely famous during this time.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Mandakini married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur. Thakur gained fame in childhood as the baby featured in Murphy Radio advertisements in the 1970s and 1980s. They have a son named Rabbil and a daughter Rabze Innaya Thakur.


Year Title Role Other notes
1991 Deshwasi Maryada Shivpal Singh
1996 [[]] Neha
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 Maar Dhaad
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 Bhargava Ramudu (Telugu) Roja
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
1985 Aar Paar
1985 Mera Saathi Shanti
1985 Antarer Bhalobasha Jhilik Bengali film with Tapas Paul
1985 Andha Bichar Special Bengali film with Mithun


  1. ^ "Actress Mandakini with Husband and Daughter at Durga Jasraj's Daughter's Wedding". Pink Villa. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Filmfare Awards" (PDF). p. 71. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
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  4. ^ Gangadhar, V (1 November 2002). "The price of fortune". The Hindu. N. Ram. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
  5. ^ I'm not Dawood's moll: Mandakini. (24 February 2005). Retrieved on 2 September 2012.
  6. ^ Walia, Nona. "Mandakini: 'I know Dawood but I'm not his woman'".
  7. ^ Meet Mandakini, the spiritual guide. (14 November 2005). Retrieved on 2 September 2012. Currently she lives in Guest House in south Delhi.

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