Pictures of Young Neelam Kothari From the ’80s


Neelam Kothari entered the film industry at 15 and delivered many hits. Check out some of her old pictures that will make you feel nostalgic.

After Indian Matchmaking, Netflix has surprised its viewers with another desi reality show, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. The show gives a sneak peek into the luxurious lives of Neelam Kothari, Maheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, and Bhavana Pandey, who have been friends for almost 25 years. Out of all the ladies, Neelam has played a major part in the Bollywood film industry. 

Born on 9 November 1969 in Hong Kong, the emerging reality TV star Neelam has recently celebrated her 51st birthday. While on vacation in Mumbai when she was spotted and offered her debut film, Jawaani, which was released in 1984. After that, she went to work in the industry for 15 years. Check out the throwback picture from one of her first few Bollywood songs. Honestly, she looked pretty confident in front of the camera, considering this was her first-ever film. 

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Neelam Kothari in Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives

At the age of 20, she gave her first mega-hit film, Love 86, when she appeared alongside her co-star Govinda. Indian audience the pair’s on-screen chemistry, and they were cast together for about 14 more films, including Hatya, Ilzaam, and Sindoor. Here’s another old picture that the Netflix star Neelam shared on her Instagram account:

The former actress worked with some of the Indian film Industry’s biggest names, namely Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. Check out the picture she shared with them with the caption, “Cover shoot of #cineblitz.

While the mother-of-one is conflicted about whether she should make a comeback, her friends and peers are certain that she should. She has delivered five huge hits with her Netflix co-star Bhavana’s husband, Chunky Pandey, including Aag hi Aag, Paap ki Duniya and Ghar Ka Chiraag. Here’s another blast from the past where she’s rocking this tomboy-chic look.

After garnering millions of fans, Neelam got the opportunity to be the face of a popular brand and model for their print advertisement commercial. Here’s her first-ever ad for Sunsilk shampoo.

After marrying her first husband, Rishi Sethia, in October 2000, Neelam took a break from the glam world in 2001. Sadly, her marriage was short-lived. But in 2011, she tied the knot with her long-time lover Samir Soni. It has been reported that her dear friend and TV serial director Ekta Kapoor played the matchmaker and pushed these love birds to come closer. Here’s a picture Neelam shared with Ekta and her other friend Shabinaa:

Currently, Neelam is enjoying her newfound reality TV fame and working as a jewelry designer. Let’s see if this Netflix show, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, would help her bag more roles. Best of luck, girl!

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Source: Neelam Kothari/Instagram, Gaane Sune Ansune/Youtube

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