3 Long Forgotten Faces of Yester-Years!

by Aman on November 6, 2011

Sorry, Who Are You!Remember the good ol’ days of the 90’s when everything we know now just wasn’t the same. I had just entered boarding school and was beginning to learn how not to stab myself with a knife and fork. Manmohan Singh was opening his mouth (a distant memory) to speak to the country and brought out a budget that is touted to have propelled India towards financial freedom. I didn’t know what Internet was and you missed reading my awesome posts! Yeah, those really were the days!

And then there were some famous and infamous people who we had grown up on and were as much a part of our lives as our then irritating siblings! Media darlings, young actors, awesome wrestlers; they were all around us and we could get enough of them. But haven’t you wondered where those stars of yester-years are now and what they’re up to? So this post is dedicated to 3 of those stars, those personalities from times long forgotten who have disappeared from the public eye in a major way!

The Original Liril Girl – Karen Lunel

The Liril GirlAs one news daily put it, “It rewrote the rules of Indian marketing. It has waterfalls from Khandala to Kodaikanal named after it. And it launched the face that sold a million soaps. Many of you wouldn’t remember the name Karen Lunel but in the 80’s, she was the poster-girl of the catwalk times. She grabbed national attention when she appeared in an ad for Liril as the sexy, lithe young girl in a bikini frolicking under a waterfall singing la lalalala la la…. It might seem ordinary today but remember that was the 80’s and we were yet not in the mood for Vidya Balan and her Dirty Picture!

The Liril advertisement created by Neena Merchant , with the help of Alyque Padamsee , the then Director of Lintas featuring a green swimsuit clad girl, frolicking enthusiastically under a waterfall. Extensive research conducted on young women and housewives helped them gain an interesting insight:

“It was found that an average Indian woman who lived with her husband’s family had to undergo a lot of pressures in her daily life due to her responsibilities towards her family and the household. Apparently the only time she had for herself was the 10-15 minutes that she was in the shower. “

A young girl who was a mini-darling of the catwalk in the 80’s, Karen is now in her 40’s and has become even more beautiful and full of life. She is married to a Tibetan, Tashi Hishey and has an 18-year old son, Scott.

The Ilu Ilu Boy – Vivek Mushran

Vivek Mushran - SaudagarI had just entered Class 2 in the prestigious Sherwood College as an irritating kid, the year being 1991, when the school was abuzz with the news that a young, promising actor and alumnus of the school was about to make his Bollywood debut. Vivek Mushran was his name and Saudagar went on to win numerous awards that year including the Filmfare Best Director Award for Subhash Ghai; his only one!

Everyone in school celebrated Vivek Mushran’s success as their own and teachers began recounting his tales during classes. Some random kid made up the story that his bed in one of the dormitories was the one where Vivek Mushran had slept and we all began worshipping both the kid and the actor!

Unfortunately, that was Vivek Mushran’s only major milestone in Bollywood and he soon disappeared from movies and from old school tales. Currently, he is acting in TV serials and can be seen in the serial Baat Hamari Pakki Hai on Sony!

Hulkamania is Here!

Hulk HoganThe name Terrance Gene “Terry” Bollea might not get your hearts racing but if you’re still a Wrestling fanatic like me, then Hulk Hogan will still be the most awesome (st) man alive on Planet Earth. For all the kids growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, Hogan was the guy who always won you the game in Trump Cards because of his No. 1 rank. As we grew up, most of our t-shirts were ripped off in imitation of his ring-entering tactics. In short, Hogan was legendary! (one didn’t even need to wait for the “dary” part back then)

His matches with Andre The Giant and Yokozuna was the stuff of legends and his signature leg-drop along with the commentary of “Hulkamania is here” will remain in my memory for ages. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and so did my childhood and along with that, the reign of Hulk Hogan as one of the gods of wrestling.

Post his retirement from the WWE, Hogan went on to feature in a number of talk shows and the odd movie here and there. Currently, he is hosting a reality show on Vh1 called Hogan Knows Best. For the numerous matches you won and for the numerous games you won me in Trump Cards, I have only one word for you Hulk Hogan. Respect with a capital R!

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Shreyoshi November 22, 2011 at 5:34 am
Aman November 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Umm…it’s written quite clearly “As one news daily put it…” …….true I forgot the link it to the main article so thanks for pointing that out

And thanks for the visit 🙂


Purba November 29, 2011 at 5:54 am

Ahh the 90’s – those over the top costumes, loud makeup, louder clothes and the cringeworthy choreography!

Would have loved to read about Mamta Kulkarni – wonder what happened to her?


Aman December 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

Yeah Mamta Kulkarni was the controversy queen of that era with her going topless for a magazine cover and moral police agents hounding her left right and centre!

You certainly piqued my curiosity so I did a little investigation and came up with this:
She’s currently in New York with her NRI hubby…and as one site puts it, she’s now 38 years old…hope that helps 😛


Sunil Deepak December 7, 2011 at 4:19 am

Karen Lunel ad must have come out in the seventies, I remember having it on my hostel room wall in late seventies! Great post even if I didn’t share any personal icons apart from Lunel, but it made me think back of long forgotten days 🙂


Aman December 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

Hey Sunil,

Glad to know that I could help you recollect those good ol’ days!
For us kids in the 90’s, the feelings were the same, just the girls on the posters changed 😛


sulagna December 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Aman …you are an absolute riot !!!
came here from indiblogger and let me be honest..loved loved loved and laughed on your page..

following you and your brainsparks 🙂


Aman December 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

Hey Sulagna…thanks a ton for your lovely words…just trying to do my bit to make this world a funnier place 🙂


Ritisha January 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

I remember the trump card mania in school. Thanks for bringing back those memories. 🙂


Aman January 7, 2012 at 5:33 am

I think every Horsie guy owned at least 2 sets of these Trump cards! Ahh, those were the days 🙂


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