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Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; September 3, 2012)
Remember the iconic picture of a baby in the print ads of Murphy radio, way back in the 1970s and 1980s? We tell you the real identity of the toddler. He is Kagyur Tulku Rinpoche and also happens to be the husband of the ’80s star Mandakini. Rinpoche currently resides in Andheri, Mumbai.
While many remember his adorable picture, surprisingly Rinpoche admits he has no recollection of shooting for the ad anymore. He says, “I was three years old and used to reside in Manali. Everyone in Manali knew about the ad. The makers wanted me in the ad, as the original Murphy baby who was a girl had died. They were looking for someone identical.”
Incidentally, post the ad, Rinpoche moved to a monastery and became a monk for the next 20 years. He never pursued modelling as a career and after shifting to Delhi, got married to Mandakini. He says, “It was such an iconic ad that even today when I tell some people they remember the baby and are surprised that it was me.”
The two shifted to Mumbai 17 years ago. Rinpoche states that he and his wife are now in the process of co-directing a film titled The Lost Country. Their aim is to take the issue of Tibet on an international level and they have even done research on it for the last three years. He says, “We are casting for the film right now. Once that is done, we will take the film on the floors.”
Signs up to play a gangster’s moll, a far cry from her innocent village belle characters so far
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; April 2, 2012)
Sonakshi Sinha played a village belle in Dabangg. In her next two films Rowdy Rathore and Joker, she plays similar characters. For the first time, she will play a gangster’s moll in her most recent project, Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, the sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. It will be her third film with Akshay Kumar, who plays Shoaib (modelled on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim). Sonakshi’s character Yasmin is said to be based on the life of ’80s actress Mandakini.
Sona will be seen as Shoaib’s love interest. Imran Khan will be seen as Aslam who is drawn into Shoaib’s activities and ultimately forms the third angle to the love triangle. Sonakshi says, “While listening to a script, I place myself in the character while listening to the story. If I can’t picture myself in the role I don’t do it. This character goes through an interesting transformation — from a young, innocent girl who aspires to be an actress to someone whose life changes after she falls in love with a gangster. It’s based in the 1980s and will be interesting to get into a character during that time.”
Talking about her third film on the trot with Akshay, Sonakshi says, “It’s my third film with him. I think we share very good on-screen chemistry which is why people keep casting us together. He’s a very good co-star and fun on the sets. He has got a More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 3, 2012)
Ekta Kapoor’s Dawood has once again lost his Mandakini. Earlier, Kareena Kapoor had turned down the offer to play the gangster’s moll in the Milan Luthria directed Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2. And now, Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Sonakshi Sinha too has opted out.
While the exact reason of Sonakshi’s refusal is still not known, a source close to the actress told Mumbai Mirror, “Sonakshi has expressed her unavailability for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2.”
Had Sonakshi accepted the role, it would been her third consecutive film opposite Akshay Kumar, who plays Dawood in this project. She is already working with the actor in Prabhu Deva’s Rowdy Rathore and Shirish Kunder’s Joker.
Sonakshi who apparently cited ‘date problems’ to opt out of the film however, has no animosity with producer Ekta or director Milan. “They would love to work together in future. But yes, the slot for Mandakini’s role in open once again. The film is scheduled to start in May or June. Ekta and Luthria are taking their time choosing the leading lady for the film,” added the source.
While a close friend of Sonakshi confirmed the story saying, “She was offered Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2. She is not doing the film,” Sonakshi chose not respond to our calls and text messages.
Ekta Kapoor can’t decide who to cast opposite Akki for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 16, 2011)
While it wasn’t tough for Ekta Kapoor to find her Dawood Ibrahim in Akshay Kumar for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2, inspired from the life of the dreaded gangster Dawood, Kapoor is not having an easy time in casting the heroine to play the role of Mandakini who was allegedly involved with Dawood. It’s not going to be easy for it’s a very trippy role.
Mumbai Mirror (dated February 12) told you that either Kareena or Vidya Balan was being considered to play Mandakini in the film but the latest is that the battle has just got thicker.
While Vidya is being considered now for another role, Kareena suddenly finds two new contenders running in the race with her Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.
Says a source, “Like Kareena, Katrina too has a very fair complexion which is required by the actress who would play Mandakini. Hence both would look the character. They also have a very definite body language.”
So how does Deepika figure in the selection process? Isn’t she dusky? Says the source, “Deepika has a very good and curvaceous body. That could also tilt the scales in her favour.”
Shooting begins by the end of this year. “But Ekta wants to put everything in place in a month’s time. This film requires a lot of pre-production work. And the role of Mandakini would need extensive workshops,” adds the source.
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Once Upon A Time in Mumbai is a film inspired by the controversial life of Dawood Ibrahim. Ekta Kapoor has found her Dawood, in Akshay Kumar, but is now faced with the challenge of finding an actress, for the character Mandakini, who was allegedly involved with Dawood.
In part one of Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, Amy Kingston’s resemblance to Mandakini, won her the role, as a one-night partner of Dawood, played by Emraan Hashmi.
A source close to the film tells us, “The second part of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai is going to be on a much bigger canvas and hence Balaji is looking at a top actress to play the female lead.
It would be either Kareena or Vidya.
Mandakini’s character needs an actress who can emote very strongly. Kareena and Vidya best fit the bill.”
Chitrangada Singh clears the air on her marriage to ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa and why Sudhir Mishra is not obsessed with her as rumoured
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 25, 2010)
Excited about your next film Yeh Saali Zindagi, directed by Sudhir Mishra? Which others films have you signed?
Yeah. I play a girl who is blindly in love with a guy without thinking if he loves me back or not. Then I go on to Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz. And I have just signed a commercial film, which I cannot disclose. Also, Prakash Jha has offered me a film.
There are wolves in the industry and you stay alone in Mumbai…
I know what you mean. Casting couch, right?
Are you doing fewer films because you haven’t resorted to the casting couch?
No. I have never been in such a situation. I haven’t got a vibe that someone wanted something out of me to make him happy (pauses). Or maybe I have been too dumb to understand it.
Were you right in getting married so soon after Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi?
I know my career is not charted like others. But I feel very good that I am settled. It’s very safe that way. I will remain involved with cinema as much as I can. I get a big kick seeing myself on screen. There was a concern amongst filmmakers if I was back for good or not. Guess, that’s the reason why I get so many ads, they know they don’t need me for a long time.
There are rumours that your marriage with Jyoti Randhawa is over.
I have heard that. It’s not over. And I don’t More >
He is at loggerheads with his uncle Mahesh Bhatt about a steamy scene with Shella Allen in Crook. However, Bhatt sees no reason at all to water down this essential ‘component of sensuality’
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 13, 2010)
Emraan Hashmi is interfering in the final cut of Crook. Mahesh Bhatt and Emraan have had a huge spat over a steamy sequence in the film that is giving the serial kisser the jitters, now that he has become a father.
Emraan is feeling embarrassed about having done this scene and wants his uncle and mentor Mahesh Bhatt (the producer of Crook) to splice it off entirely, or at worst, cut its length the best he can.Emraan Hashmi and Shella Allen in Crook
The bone of contention is a scene in which Emraan makes love to a white woman, Shella Allen, who plays an integral role in the film. Says a source, “When Emraan shot it, he was quite okay with it. But now that he has a slightly different image after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he wants to shed his serial-kisser image.
At this point of time in his career, he is not happy doing lovemaking scenes. He doesn’t want to smooch too, in fact. Ekta Kapoor wanted him to kiss the Mandakini look-alike girl in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, but Emraan politely refused.”
Emraan and Mahesh have been arguing about this for quite a few days. Says Emraan, “Yes. There is a conflict. Bhatt saab and I have different visions on this. I want the erotic skin content More >
For Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, based loosely on the life of Dawood Ibrahim, Ekta Kapoor got a Mandakini look-alike
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2010)
A film inspired by the controversial life of the dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim, would undoubtedly be incomplete without a reference to the actress Mandakini (who was allegedly involved with Dawood).
Obviously, Ekta Kapoor couldn’t have convinced the actress to make an appearance in her film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Also, Mandakini has preferred to stay indoors for a long time, apart from occasionally surfacing to sing and act in her own music video.Amy Kingston and Emraan Hashmi in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
So producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria decided to get Mandakini’s look-alike, an actress of Australian origin called Amy Kingston, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mandakini.
The decision to cast Amy was a last-minute one. A few days ago, Amy shot for her part.
Unlike most of her TV actresses who she auditions personally, Ekta decided to take Milan’s help in choosing Amy for this crucial role.
At least, 1000 girls were auditioned before they found their Mandakini look-alike. “It was not an easy task,” said a source.
Apparently, Ekta and Milan didn’t want any legal hassles later. That’s why Amy’s role is not based completely on Mandakini’s actual past.
Elaborating on Amy’s role, our source said, “Emraan whose role is on the lines of Dawood More >
// // // 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 More >