Neelam (Kothari), was born on (3rd March,1968) and brought up in Hong Kong. Her father has a traditional jewellery making business, making high class timeless pieces for celebrities.
Neelam debuted under direction of Ramesh Behl in the 1984 released film Jawaani alongside Karan Shah.
Although Jawani could not make it big for Neelam , it was Esmayeel Shroff’s new stars Love 86 which made viewers notice Neelam, Love 86 was a major hit of late 80s and had youth touch . With the success of Love 86 Neelam made a hit pair with Newcomer Govinda and together they did came in some hit and semi hit films like Ilzaam, Khudgharz, Sindoor, Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam and Hatya. Sly seen opposite Govinda in films and they both were considered hit on screen couple of late 80s. Some of her noted films are Agneepath, Afsana Pyar Ka, Indrajeet, Santaan and Sauda, Hum Saath-Saath Hain. Sauda was inspired of Hollywood Hit Indecent proposal. She made many other movies in the 1990s with mixed success. She is also noted for her appearance in the 1998 movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where she appeared as herself in the movie playing a VJ. Neelam’s last released film was Deewangee (2002).
After quitting her career in films, she joined her family business of Jewellery Exports. She formally trained herself in the trade and joined her father & brother in the trade nearly 10 years back. Today she has a taken it really far having opened a showroom in Mumbai under the brand name Neelam Jewels.