‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili” fame actress, Mandakini was born 30 July 1963, as Yasmeen Joseph.
The actress was born in in Meerut. Her father was Christian and her mother is Muslim.
The actress made her Bollywood debut with the film “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” in 1985. The film was directed by Raj Kapoor.
She acted in few more 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.
Mandakini later got married to a Sannyasi of Buddhism and started teaching yoga. The couple had two children; a son, and a daughter. But Mandakini’s son died in a road accident in 2000.