Neelam Kothari Soni is an Indian actress and jewellery designer. She is best known for playing the role of ‘Kiran’ in the 1989 Bollywood film “Ghar Ka Chiraag.”
Neelam Kothari was born on Thursday, 9 November 1967 (age 53 years; as of 2020) in Hong Kong. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.
She did her schooling from Hong Kong’s Island School. While in school, she was a member of Rutherford house. After a few years, her family moved to Bangkok. One day, when Neelam was on a holiday in Mumbai, the film director Ramesh Behl spotted her and offered her to act in the film “Jawaani” (1984).
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Family & Caste
She belongs to a Gujarati-Iranian family.
Parents & Siblings
Neelam Kothari is the daughter of Shishir Kothari (Businessman) and Parveen Kothari (Former Model). She has one elder brother, Afsheen Kothari.
Relationships, Husband & Children
Neelam Kothari was once in a relationship with the Bollywood actor Bobby Deol. The couple dated each other for around 5 years before calling it quits.
She was also rumoured to be in a relationship with Salman Khan.
Neelam married Rishi Sethia (son of a UK based businessman) in 2000. The couple parted ways after a few years of their marriage.
Kothari then found love in the actor and model Sameer Soni. The duo tied the knot with each other in 2011. They adopted a girl named Ahana on 2 September 2013.
Neelam started her acting career at the age of 16 with the film “Jawaani” (1984) by playing the role of ‘Sanam.’
She then appeared in films like “Andaz Pyar Ka” (1986), “Khudgarz” (1987) “Khatron Ke Khiladi” (1988) “Sindoor” (1988), and “Gharana” (1989). She gained immense popularity by playing the role of ‘Kiran’ in the Bollywood film “Ghar Ka Chiraag.”
Some of her popular Bollywood films include “Agneepath” (1990), “Indrajeet” (1991), “Santaan” (1995), “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (1998), and “Hum Saath Saath Hain” (1999).
She retired from acting 2001 after featuring in the film “Kasam.” In 2004, Neelam started working as a Jewellery Designer and in 2011, she opened a jewellery store in Mumbai with the name “Neelam Kothari Fine Jewels.”
In 2020, she made her digital media debut with Netflix’s web series “Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives” as ‘Herself.’
Neelam was accused in the case of poaching of two blackbucks in Kankani during the shooting of the film “Hum Saath Saath Hain” (1999). She was charged under section 51 (causing harm to wildlife) of the Wildlife Act and section 147 (punishment for rioting) and section 149 (unlawful assembly of persons) of the Indian Penal Code along with her co-stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, and Tabu. She filed a revision petition before the sessions court and was discharged. Later, the Jodhpur court summoned her along with all the accused for commencement of the trial with the revised charges in February 2013. Kothari was acquitted by the CJM court at Jodhpur on 5 April 2018.
- Blackswan Award for Women Empowerment (2019)
- Iconic Achievers Award for Most Promising Jeweller of The Year (2019)
- Global Spa Fit and Fab Jeweller Award (2019)
- Her hobbies include cooking and travelling.
- In her childhood, she learned to play the Keyboard. She even learned the Jazz Ballet dance form.
- At the beginning of her acting career, she did not know the Hindi language.
- In her career (acting) spanning over 20 years, she has worked with Govinda (actor) in 14 films out of which 8 were huge hits.
- In June 2014, Neelam featured on the cover of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine with her husband, Sameer Soni.
- Neelam shares a great bond with Seema Khan, Maheep Kapoor, and Ekta Kapoor.
- Kothari loves dogs and has a pet dog named Casper.
- The first car that she bought with her own money was a dark blue coloured Maruti 1000.