Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili made an instant star of its debutante leading lady Mandakini. Playing an innocent pahaadi girl Mandakini rendered audiences stunned with her bold voluptuous waterfall scenes that left little to the imagination.
Sadly underneath all that overt oomph no one noticed the sensitive actress that she was. After such a spectacular beginning Mandakini signed a host of inconsequential roles in tawdry multi-starrers and by the end of mid-1990s, it was curtains for Mandakini.
She was briefly linked to Dawood Ibrahim , an association she denied vehemently. Finally Mandakini married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur, and embraced Buddhism.
To hear of her “comeback” all of a sudden earlier this week, seemed a bit odd. However contrary to the hype this is not a comeback at all for the former actress.
“Mandakini’s son Rabbil has directed a music video for a song entitled Oh maa for which he requested his mother to come out of her shell. She agreed only for her son, and that too after much persuasion. Otherwise she has no interest in the Indian entertainment industry at all,” says a source.
The inglorious end to Mandakini’s career after such a spectacular beginning was truly tragic. Raj Kapoor was saddened by the arbitrary offers that his discovery accepted after Ram Teri Ganga Maili. He had expressed his serious misgivings about his protegee’s choices. Apparently Mandakini approached Raj Saab for Henna. He politely refused.