Mandakini surfaces, to co-direct The Lost Country, an English film on Tibet; Dalai Lama’s friend Richard Gere may star in it

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 26, 2010)


Controversial actress Mandakini, best known for showing off her voluptuous figure while bathing under a waterfall wearing nothing but a flimsy white sari in Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili, has surfaced again. This time in a new (and sedate) avatar. The former actress is now ready to co-direct an English film with her husband, Dr. Kagyur Rinpoche. Incidentally, Rinpoche, who was earlier a close associate of the Dalai Lama, was a monk for a major part of his life before he got married to Mandakini.

The film titled The Lost Country is based on the current issues between China and Tibet. While the casting is still not finalised the couple has spoken to Hollywood superstar Richard Gere to star in it.

Confirming the news, Dr. Kagyur Rinpoche said, “Yes, we are directing the film. My wife Mandakini has worked extensively in Bollywood and done 40-odd films so she has loads of experience which helped us put this project together. We have been working on the film for two years now and will start shooting as soon as we get the dates of all the actors.”

“We have spoken to a couple of actors in Mumbai and Korea for our film. We will also have some Hollywood actors including Richard Gere, who loved the subject when we met him at Bodhgaya, Patna a few months ago. He is currently going through the final draft and we are waiting for his dates to be confirmed. Officials from the Tibetan Government have also heard the subject and are with us. The Dalai Lama too has given me his blessings and support for the film,” added Rinpoche.

Apart from being made in English, The Lost Country will also be dubbed in Hindi, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Japanese. The film is written by Salim Bijnoi and Aryan Singh.

Richard Gere(l) and Dr Kagyur Rinpoche (r)
Dalia Lama and Mandakini