Neelam Kothari

Profession: Actress , Director, Jewellery Designer, Singer, Supporting Actress
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  • Also Know as :- Neelam Kothari
  • Profession:- Actress , Director, Jewellery Designer, Singer, Supporting Actress
  • Gender :- female
  • Birthdate:- 09 Nov 1969
  • Status:- Married
  • Active Years:- Till Today

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Neelam will be remembered for her marvelous role in Ghar Ka Chiraag In a career spanning almost two decades, Neelam surely earned name and fame but not as a competent actress but more as a glamour doll and for her dance. In most of her films she was used just to add glamour and dance on popular music. In all her hit films like Ilzaam, Aag Hi Aag, Khudgarz, Sindoor or Hatya, she is surrounded by horde of top actors. Even in her debut film Jawaani, the story was a family drama consisting of top stars Sharmila Tagore, Navin Nischol, Moushumi Chatterjee and Anupam Kher. However in her entire life the movie in which she got the potential to display her histrionics was Ghar Ka Chiraag, a rehash of 60’s two supper hit films Arzoo and Ek Phool Do Mali. In this film Neelam had a powerful role where she played a role of mother, who is sandwiched between her ex-lover (Chunky Pandey) and her present husband (Rajesh Khanna). The film was a huge hit and won wide acclaim for Neelam for her great performance. The film had the hit song Tutak tutak tutak tutiyan, I love You…

Neelam was attracted to dance and music as a child Neelam was born in Hong Kong. She spent her childhood in Honk Kong and her teenage life in Bangkok. During her childhood she was fascinated by dance and music. She did her formal training in music by learning Keyboard and also learned Jazz Ballet. She was just 14 years when she came to Mumbai to visit her grandparents and her life changed.

Neelam had a controversial love affair Being born and brought up in Honk Kong, Neelam was broadminded and a modern girl. Her chemistry with film star Govinda became popular and the two did many films together. It’s reported the two fell in love but Govinda was committed to Sunita whom he had later married. Later she was rumored to have a relationship with actor Bobby Deol but all rumors came to halt when Neelam married a London business tycoon Rishi Sethia. The two met in UK and fell in love. Soon they married but the marriage failed. Later she met film actor Sameer Soni, who also had a failed marriage with Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar. Their relation blossomed and they decided to marry. They married on 24 January 2011. Later the two adopted a baby girl Ahana. They are living a happy married life.

Eminent filmmaker Ramesh Behl discovered Neelam Eminent filmmaker Ramesh Behl who gave super hit films like Jawaani Diwani, Kasme Vaade, Baseraa , Yeh Vaada Raha etc was planning a love story and looking for a teenage actress. When he saw the charming Neelam in Mumbai he was bowled over by her bewitching beauty and immediately approached her to do a film. Initially Neelam declined but when he informed her that the film has lot of music, she was excited as she loved music. She decided to do the film for fun. The film was Jawaani (1984) opposite a new actor Karan Shah. While she had just signed Jawaani, another top filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani signed her for his multi-star film Ilzaam (1984). The film had top stars like Shashi Kapoor and Shatrughan Sinha. Neelam was paired with Govinda, who was making his debut. Though both Jawaani and Ilzaam started shooting in 1984 but Ilzaam got delayed and Jawaani was released first. Unfortunately Jawaani was a major debacle and Neelam was labeled a flop actress. She had no work for two years! But when Ilzaam released in 1986 and was declared a hit, she was flooded with offers. The Neelam and Govinda jodi became popular in 80’s After the huge success of Ilzaam the Jodi of Neelam and Govinda became hot favorite among filmmakers and the two did almost 12 films together. The highlight of their film was its brilliant dance and music. Neelam was a good dancer and had great understanding of music hence her songs were hit. In addition Govinda too was a trained dancer hence Neelam and Govinda made a great combination. People even today remember their hit films song like Pehle Pehle Pyar Ki….(Ilzaam), May Se Minaa Se Dil Bhelta hai mera aap ke aajanae se …(Khudgarz), Patjhad Saawan Basat Bahaar…. (Sindoor), Aap Ko Agar Zaroorat Hai (Hatya), O Miss De De Kiss…(Love 86 ), Tere Daddy Ne Diya Mujhe Parmit Tujhe Patane Ka…(Gharana). Neelam worked with Salman and Aamir Khan too Besides Govinda, Neelam shared a great chemistry with Chunky Pandey. The two did many films together and few memorable films are Aag Hi Aag, Paap Ki Duniya, Ghar Ka Chiraag, Mitti Aur Sona etc. Even today the popular song Mein Tera Tota Tu Meri Maina…from Paap Ki Duniya is a huge hit. In the 90’s she was paired with Salman Khan (Ek Ladka Ek Ladki), Aamir Khan (Afsana Pyar Ka), Sanjay Dutt (Sahebzaade), Ranbhoomi (Rishi Kapoor), Saif Ali Khan (Ek Tha Raja) etc Karan Johar brought Neelam back in films Neelam had quit films after marriage but on the insistence of Karan Johar she agreed to a friendly appearance in his film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as VJ Neelam. After this she did another good film on the request of Sooraj R. Barjatya and became part of his hit film Hum Saath-Saath Hain. Her last film was Kasam in which she got the privilege to work with versatile actor Naseeruddin Shah.

# Released Date Type Credited As Movie
1 25 Oct 2002 Film Supporting Actress Deewangee
2 12 Oct 2001 Film Actress Kasam
3 05 Nov 1999 Film Supporting Actress Hum Saath Saath Hain
4 16 Oct 1998 Film Supporting Actress Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
5 13 Mar 1998 Film Actress Mohabbat Aur Jung
6 11 Oct 1996 Film Actress Zordaar
7 12 Jan 1996 Film Actress Ek Tha Raja
8 03 Feb 1995 Film Actress Saudaa
9 03 Nov 1993 Film Actress Santaan
10 23 Jul 1993 Film Actress Antim Nyay