Mandakini (actress)

Mandakini (born Yasmeen Joseph 30 July 1963) is a former Bollywood actress. She is best remembered for her role in the 1985 movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

Mandakini in Dec 2012
Yasmeen Joseph

(1963-07-30) 30 July 1963 (age 57)
Other namesMandakini Joseph Thakur
Years active1985–1996
Spouse(s)Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur (1990–present)

Early lifeEdit

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


Early careerEdit

Starting off as an unknown girl from Meerut, Yasmin was rejected by at least three film makers before Ranjit Virk changed her name to Mandakini 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 connectionEdit

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. There were reports 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 Rajiv Kapoor into casting Mandakini, and she was Ibrahim's mistress. Later, it was alleged that she had moved to Dubai to be with him.[4]

Mandakini vehemently denied the reports linking her relation to Dawood.[5] While she admitted to knowing and being on friendly terms with him, she claimed that they did not know each other personally, saying that "I know Dawood but I'm not his woman".[6]

Later careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

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 Mandakini.


Year Title Role Other notes
1985 Mera Saathi Shanti
Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ganga
1986 Simhasanam Visha Kanya Telugu film
Jeeva Nalini
Aag Aur Shola Usha
Jaal Madhu
Mazloom Meena
1987 Apne Apne Ila
Loha Seema
Pyaar Karke Dekho Urvashi
Bhargava Ramudu Roja Telugu
Dance Dance Janita
Hawalaat Leela
Param Dharam Bijli
1988 Pyaar Mohabbat
Jeete Hain Shaan Se Julie
Shoorveer Meena
Commando Asha Malhotra
Hum To Chale Pardes
Maar Dhaad
Maalamaal Honey
Tezaab Nikita (special appearance)
Agnee Ayushi
1989 Naag Nagin Ichchadhari Nagin Chandni
Kahan Hai Kanoon
Aakhri Baazi Rita
Jung Baaz Sangeeta Mathur/Neena Ninjo
Na-Insaafi Kamli
Hisaab Khoon Ka Preet K. Kaushal
Desh Ke Dushman Anita Madan
Ladaai Geeta Verma
1990 sheshnaag
Shandaar Anita Chaurasia
Naya Khoon Dr. Seema
Dushman Laxmi
Pyar Ke Naam Qurbaan Gauri
Taqdeer Ka Tamasha Rajni
Andha Bichar Special Bengali film with Mithun
1991 Antarer Bhalobasha Jhilik Bengali film with Tapas Paul
Deshwasi Maryada Shivpal Singh
1992 Pyaar Ka Saudagar Shalini Arun Verma
1996 Zordaar Neha


  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. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. 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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