Who's that Murphy baby?
The toddler icon of the 1970s radio ad is actually Mandakini's husband!
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.”