Her performance in her debut film was noticed in film circles and she received offers.
She later became famous in 1986 for her role in the film Ilzaam opposite another debutant, Govinda.
Neelam was a very successful actress in the mid 1980s who later took up her family's jewellery designing business.
She started her career with 'Jawani' in 1984 and followed this up with a string of hits 'Illzaam', 'Love 86', 'Aag Hi Aag' and some years later 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
However soon Govinda realized that enacting a romantic scene doesn’t need a real life romance, just the way a death scene doesn’t require one to experience death.
His naivety and innocence cost him a lifetime of heartbreak.
Neelam Kothari Soni (born 9 November 1968) is an Indian jewellery designer and former actress.
She made her acting debut with Jawaani (1984) opposite debutant Karan Shah.
However following this, they worked on a number of movies together — ‘Ilzam’, ‘Hatya’, ‘Love 86’, and ‘Zordar’ being a few of them. Nevertheless, Govinda is proud of his decisions — with hardly any regret.
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).
After her childhood in Hong Kong, her family moved to Bangkok.
Neelam was holidaying in Mumbai when she was approached by director Ramesh Behl.