Mandakini

Other names of Mandakini: Yasmeen Joseph, Mandakini Joseph Thakur

Mandakini was born as Yasmin Joseph on July 30, 1969, in an Anglo Indian family in Meerut, to a British father and a Muslim mother. She was discovered by the greatest showman of Bollywood movies of all times, Raj Kapoor and was cast in his movie 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' against Rajeev Kapoor, the youngest son of Raj Kapoor. She was only 16 when she acted in this movie. She was nominated for Filmfare Awards for this movie. She went into controversies from her first movie itself in which some of her scenes were termed as vulgar specially in one scene where she was bathing in a flimsy white sari and her breasts were clearly visible and the other where she breastfed a child.

She acted in some movies after that but she was in news not for her acting in movies but for her friendship with the notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Rumour mongers went to the extent of stating that she has run away to Dubai to stay with Dawood Ibrahim permanently as his mistress. Later on, the rumours were proved wrong and it was known that she married an earlier Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur in 1990 and stays in Mumbai with her family. She takes classes in tibetan Yoga and a devout follower of Dalai Lama. She had a son who died in an accident in the year 2000. She also has a daughter. 

Some of her movies are Zordar, Loha, Tezab (Special appearance), Param Dharam, Pyar Karke Dekho and many others. She left acting after movie Zordar in 1996 and settled down with her family.

 

 

Mahira Khan Hindi Actress

Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan or Mahira Hafeez Khan is a Pakistani actress, Video Jockey, and a model. She is best known as Kharid Ehsan of Hamsafar. She portrayed the role of a middle-class girl. She has been working right since 2008 and is from Karachi, Pakistan she was born on December 21st,1984. She is way too talented for her age and it seems as if the camera is her friend. She began her career as a Video Jockey at an age of 16 years. The first job ever done by her was hosting MTV’s Most Wanted which was aired three days a week on MTV Pakistan. Then she hosted Weekends with Mahira on Aag TV. Her hosting career reached a peak as 10th Lux Style Awards in 2008 and1st Hum awards in 2013. On screen, she debuted with a social drama Bol in 2011. She worked in the serials like Humsafar, Neeyat and Shehr-e-zaat (2012). She was also nominated in Lux Style Awards for best actress. Not only this she was also named as most Beautiful women in Pakistan. From 2012 she started working in one of the most popular serials Shehr-e-zaat. She also hosts TUC, the lighter side of life where she interacts with various celebrities. Currently, she has completed Farhat Sehaq’s serial ‘Bin Roye Aansoo’. On the personal front, she is married to Ali Askari from 2007. She met Askari in Indus Tv during her vacations and they got married on July 13th, 2007. Another Version Of Bio:  Mahira Hafeez Khan is a known Pakistani television actress who also starred in films and is a model as well as a former VJ. Mahira was born to a Muslim family in Karachi, Pakistan on 21st December 1984. Her father was born in Delhi during the British rule but he later shifted to Pakistan after the partition of India. Both her parents are Urdu speaking Pathans. She was married to famous businessman Ali Aksari in 2007. It was a love marriage which started in the United States. The marriage didn’t work out for long and they got divorced in 2015. The couple has a son called Azlaan who was born in 2014. She gives her first priority to her son. Mahira is recognized nationally as well as internationally for her beauty as she is the bubbly girl next door and is a staunch supporter of women rights. She made her first debut in the movie ‘Bol’ alongside Atif Aslam. Her first Bollywood debut has been in ‘Raees’ starring with Shahrukh Khan in 2017 by director Rahul Dholakia. The movie broke box office awards and gained immense admiration. However, it was banned in Pakistan for ‘potraying Muslims in a bad light’ and ‘undermining Islam’. Mahira first gained wide appreciation across the audience in the famous Pakistani serial ‘Humsafar’ opposite Fawad Khan. Mahira has grown up watching Bollywood films and finds her roots in India. She considers herself an anomaly in Pakistan for the work she has undertaken in both films and television and is an inspiration for women to come. Mahira has worked in a lot of Pakistani serials with unique storylines too. For instance, Riyasat speaks about the love story which revolves around the life of two people from different societies and it also covers issues like drugs, gold smuggling, human trafficking and evasion from the law. Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain is a collection of short love stories which had two seasons to it. Makan was also a famous serial which was based on extramarital affairs, the essence of family relations and the reality of everyday life. Mahira also worked in the movie Chambaili which was a 2013 Pakistani Urdu-language political thriller film which was directed by Ismail Jilani which explored the subject of political corruption. She also worked in ‘Revenge of the Worthless’ which is a 2016 Pakistani action drama film. Mahira also starred in the Pakistani film ‘Verna’ which was released in 2017 and has been directed as well as produced by Shoaib Mansoor. She has used her persona as an actor in the right direction by campaigning against child abuse and sexual harassment. Verna speaks about the story of a revenge tale of a rape victim and how a woman needs to stand for her rights. The film was banned around its release in Pakistan due to its sensitive content. The film talks about an empowered woman and how she rightfully tackles misogyny, patriarchy, and abuse. She has also made history by being L’Oréal’s first Pakistani ambassador. In March 2018 she will be seen in U.K. Asian Film Festival for her film Verna which will celebrate the achievements of women in films. The festival will take place from March 14-16. Her favorite Indian actor is Guru Dutt after she saw him in Pyasa at the age of 16 which exposed her to a new form of Indian cinema. She watched several of his films after which she also became a fan of Sahir Ludhianvi’s poetry. In the year 2015, she was named Pakistan’s sexiest woman and also ranked 10th in a sexiest Asian woman poll.

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