Neelam Kothari

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Neelam Kothari
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Neelam Kothari in 2009
Born Neelam Kothari
Hong Kong, China
Residence Pali Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Other names Neelam Soni
Occupation Actress
Jewellery Designer
Years active 1984–2001
Spouse(s) Rishi Sethia (divorced)
Samir Soni (2011–present)
Children Ahana Soni

Neelam Kothari is an Indian film actress and Jewellery Designer.[1][2] She made her acting debut with Ilzaam (1986) opposite debutant Govinda. She then starred opposite Govinda in the box office hits Love 86 (1986), Sindoor (1986), Khudgarz (1987), Hatya (1988), Farz Ki Jung, (1989), Taaqatwar (1989) and Do Qaidi (1989). She starred opposite Chunkey Pandey in films Aag Hi Aag (1987), Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988), Ghar Ka Chiraag (1989), and Mitti Aur Sona (1989).

Her career's biggest hit remains Ghar Ka Chiraag opposite Rajesh Khanna in 1989. She was also noticed for her appearance in the 1998 film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, where she played herself as a VJ, and the multi-starrer classic hit Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999). Her other films are Ek Ladka Ek Ladki opposite Salman Khan, Pratigyabandh, Doodh Ka Karz, Parampara, Banjaran, Ranbhoomi, Indrajeet, Agneepath, Gharana, Amiri Garibi, and Afsana Pyar Ka. Her last release was Kasam in 2001.[3]

Early life[edit]

Neelam Kothari was born in Hong Kong. As a child, she learnt to play the keyboard & danced Jazz Ballet. Her family has a traditional jewellery making business, making high-class pieces. After her early childhood in Hong Kong, her family moved to Bangkok. Neelam was holidaying in Mumbai when she was approached by director Ramesh Behl.[4] She decided to give acting a shot and signed for the film Jawaani (1984) alongside Karan Shah, Tina Munim's nephew.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Neelam Kothari with husband Samir Soni at grace Kallista Spa opening.

Neelam married Rishi Sethia, son of a businessman from the U.K. Their marriage was short-lived. On 24 January 2011, she married actor Samir Soni.[6] After 2 years of marriage, they decided to adopt a baby girl on 2 September 2013 and named her Ahana.

Other works[edit]

Neelam featured in Bina Mistry's Hot Hot Hot music video, a song that is part of a compilation of dance hits in the 1995 BMG release, titled Channel [V] Hits: The Ultimate Dance Collection. The song became a hit when it was featured as part of the soundtrack of Bend It Like Beckham (2002).

Jewellery designing[edit]

Even while pursuing her career in acting, she was interested in jewellery designing and involved in her family business. She pursued a formal course in jewellery-designing in Mumbai and, after quitting films in 2001, started out commercially on her own under the name Neelam Jewels.[7] She opened a showroom in Mumbai in 2004.[8] She then launched her jewellery store in Mumbai on 25 August 2011 under the name Neelam Kothari Fine Jewels.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Kasam
2000 Pattar Aur Payal
1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United Sangeeta
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Herself as VJ Neelam
1997 Mohabbat Aur Jung
1996 Ek Tha Raja Shilpa
sauda Jyoti
Aadithya Kannada film
1995 Santaan Asha
Antim Nyay Rekha
1992 Parampara Sapna
Ek Ladka Ek Ladki Renu / Rani
Khule-Aam Priya
Sahebzaade Chinar
Laat Saab Anju / Mona
1991 Kasak Divya
Meet Mere Man Ke
Ranbhoomi Neelam
Indrajeet Neelam
Afsana Pyaar Ka Nikita
1990 Vishnu Devaa
Badnam Kajol Bengali film
Shankara Seema
Doodh Ka Karz Reshma
Upkar Dhoodhache Reshma Marathi Film
Chor Pe Mor Ritu
Amiri Garibi Jyoti
Agneepath Siksha Chavan
Zakhm Aarti
Billoo Badshah Jyoti
Farz Ki Jung Kavita
Dost Garibon Ka Rekha
1989 Gharana Lalita
Do Qaidi Neelu
Ghar Ka Chiraag Kiran
Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Rekha
Mitti Aur Sona Anupama
1988 Taaqatwar Bijli
Hatya Sapna
Waqt Ki Awaz Dancer, Singer
Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam Jaya
Khatron Ke Khiladi Sunita
Paap Ki Duniya Aarti
Sindoor Lalita Kapoor
1987 Aag Hi Aag Aarti
Khudgarz Jyoti
1986 Ilzaam Aarti
Andaz Pyar Ka
Love 86 Esha
1984 Jawaani Sanam

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