Bollywood Actresses – Today and Yesterday
Mandakini is a former Bollywood actress. At 16, she was cast in the lead role in Raj Kapoor’s 1985 movie and better remembered for her role in Ram Teri Ganga Maili. In 1994, photographs began circulating of Mandakini in the presence of dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Rumours had already been doing the rounds that the two were having an affair. Mandakini vehemently denied all rumours linking her to Dawood. In 1990, Mandakini married a former Buddhist monk, Dr. Kagyur T. Rinpoche Thakur , who was famous as the Murphy baby with children.
Currently, she runs classes in Tibetan yoga and is a follower of the Dalai Lama. With her husband, she runs a centre for Tibetan medicine, which is commonly known as the Tibetan Herbal Centre in the area.
Jaya Prada has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films. She was born as Lalita Rani. In 1986, she married producer Srikant Nahata, who was already married to Chandra and had 3 children. They were separated after a couple of years together. Jaya Prada and Srikanth have no children together.
In 1994, Jayaprada joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), In 2004, she left the TDP to join Samajwadi Party. On 11 May 2009, Jaya Prada alleged that senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her.
Babita is a former Bollywood actress. In her short career she appeared in 19 films. She married Randhir Kapoor on 6 November 1971. After their marriage, Babita had to leave the film industry, as part of the Kapoor tradition which forbids women from acting in films.
After the birth of their daughters, their relationship was under strain and finally after a few years they separated. Babita walked out taking her daughters with her. She would eventually break the tradition for which she was forced to leave the industry. She is mother of Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.
After 20 years of separation, Babita re-united with husband Randhir Kapoor in 2007 and moved in with him. She is the cousin of yesteryear actress Sadhana.
Bindiya Goswami is a former Bollywood actress. Bindiya was discovered at a party, when she was just fourteen years old, by Hema Malini’s mother. She felt that Bindiya had a resemblance to Hema and recommended her to film producers. She was married to her frequent co-star Vinod Mehra, but they broke up. Thereafter, Bindiya would give up her acting career to marry with famous director J. P. Dutta, she has two daughters, Nidhi and Siddhi.
Bindiya has taken up designing costumes for female stars such as Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor for her husband J.P. Dutta’s films.
Waheeda Rehman is an Indian actress who has appeared in mainly Hindi films, as well as Tamil and Telugu films. Her first initial appearance in a Hindi film was in C.I.D. (1956) for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. in 1974 she got married with actor Kamaljit, who starred opposite her in Shagoon. She has two children named Sohail and Kashvi, who are writers.
Once asked her about Guru Dutt and their so called relationship she refused to talk about her reported relationship with the late film director. She said, “I don’t want to get into it. My private life should remain private. It is nobody’s business. I know we are public figures, so when I fight with my husband do you want to know about it?”
From 1963 to 1968, Mumtaz acted in low-budget movies, then known as B-grade movies, opposite Dara Singh. But it was the 1969 hit movie Do Raaste which made her an overnight star actress. It was one of her first A-grade movies as the heroine and her first movie with actor Rajesh Khanna.
Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore were the highest-paid actresses in Hindi Cinema in the period 1970–1976.
Mumtaz married Mayur Madhvani on 29 May 1974. She finally left the film industry in 1976. She returned for an appearance, 12 years later in the 1989 film Aandhiyan, which flopped in India but became successful in Pakistan. Mumtaz has acknowledged that she has successfully battled cancer.
Asha Parekh is a Bollywood actress, director, and producer. She started her career as a child artist under the screen name Baby Asha Parekh in the film Aasmaan (1952). She has remained unmarried, claiming that her reputation of being unapproachable made people hesitate in asking for her hand in marriage. There were rumours that she was romantically involved with her married director Nasir Hussain. Today, Parekh concentrates on her dance academy Kara Bhavan and the Asha Parekh Hospital in Santa Cruz, Mumbai, named in her honour because of her many humanitarian contributions.
Asha was the first female chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) of India.