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New Delhi, September 03, 2012
Do you know the real identity of the cute, chubby toddler who appeared in the print ads of Murphy radio in 70s and 80s.

Many of you might still remember the iconic ad. The 'kid' is the husband of yesteryear star Mandakini and his name is Kagyur Tulku Rinpoche, reports Mid Day.

Mandakini and Rinpoche with kid

Rinpoche who was three years old at the time of the ad shoot has no recollection of the shooting. He told the tabloid: “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.”

In case you are wondering why Rinpoche was never seen in any other ad, you would be astonished to know that he moved to a monastery and became a monk for 20 years.

 “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,” Rinpoche was quoted by the tabloid.

After moving his base to Delhi, Rinpoche married Ram Teri Ganga Maili star Mandakini. The two shifted to Mumbai 17 years ago.

ICONIC: Kagyur Tulku Rinpoche in the Murphy ad

Rinpoche next plans to co-direct a film titled The Lost Country with wife Mandakini. It looks like Rinpoche will use his monastery experience in the film. He says he wants to take the issue of Tibet on an international level and has been doing his reasearch for three years now, according to the tabloid.

"We are casting for the film right now. Once that is done, we will take the film on the floors,”  Rinpoche shares with the tabloid.

About Murphy radio
Murphy Radio was a British manufacturer of radios and televisions based in Welwyn Garden City, England. Murphy Radio was founded in 1929 by Frank Murphy and E.J. Power as a volume manufacturer of home radio sets.

The original Murphy Radio company played an important role during World War II, designing and manufacturing radio sets for British Armed Forces use - chief among these were the 'Wireless Set No. 38'. After the war, Murphy used its military experience to design and build sets for Naval use, principally the 'B40' series for the British Commonwealth Navies.

Murphy himself left the company during 1937 and went on to found another company called, perhaps unwisely, 'FM Radio'. He died aged 65, in 1955.

Although the company became well known for the manufacture of television sets, it was eventually amalgamated with Bush Radio in 1962. The name, 'Murphy' has survived, but as a licensee for Far Eastern electronics.

(With inputs from Wikipedia)