Neelam Kothari has revealed that his family was not initially comfortable with his decision to create an acting career. Neelam made her debut opposite Karan Shah in the 1984 film Jawaani, but left the industry in the early 2000s. The actor recently recalled that his father Shishir Kothari was so opposed to the idea that he had not informed himself for months that he had got a film opportunity. Read also: Neelam recalls how Karan calmed himself down as Kuch Kuch Hota Haik
Neelam recalled that his businessman father, who passed away in November last year, was adamant that his daughter would never join the films. Before they allowed her to try on acting, they had several discussions about the matter.
In a conversation with Pingvilla for the Woman Up series, Neelam said, “So I got the chance, but I think my dad didn’t tell me for months. In their head it was not a big capital, our daughter never joined. Movies. We had no cinematic background. My dad had lunch. She said to me, ‘You have a movie opportunity.’ I’m a very shy girl, so she said to me, ‘You know, Dad, the next time I go to Bombay, weigh in on the option, how does this work?’ And he said ‘No no, impossible, you did not join the films.’
Ramesh Behl, who directed Neelam’s first film Jawani, persuaded him to do a look experiment while he was in Mumbai for a holiday, and he loved the experience so much that he decided to make the film. She said, “I loved being in front of the camera, my mom was like you were so shy, you rarely talk, how do you do this. We went back and forth for two months, and finally, they agreed. I’ll make this one and come back to Bangkok again.” I said.
Blue, who now runs a successful jewelry-making business, noted that although his family was reluctant to join the movies, he received full support from them as soon as he made up his mind. Neelam was last seen on the Netflix reality show Mahip Kapoor, Seema Khan and Bhavana Pandey on Bollywood Wives’ Fabulous Lives.
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