Neelam and Sameer Soni get serious
By: Shaheen Parkar
Is that the only reason Neelam Kothari and Sameer Soni hang out together? The 'not camera shy' couple finally get clicked together
Though buzz about Sameer Soni and Neelam Kothari being a couple has been doing the rounds for a while now, the two have refrained from stepping out together in the media glare.
Neelam Kothari and Sameer Soni at Tusshar Kapoor's party.
However it now looks like they are ready to bring their relationship out in the open. The duo arrived together at Tusshar Kapoor's bash last weekend.
And despite the presence of photographers at the entrance, they were not camera-shy.
Let's be sure first
Says a source, "The couple took long to make it public as they've both had their share of relationships (see box) and wanted to be sure about each other before bringing the spotlight on their relationship."
Says Sameer, "Neelam and I are good friends. Tusshar Kapoor invited us for his party, so we went along."
He adds that he was introduced to Neelam at one of Ekta Kapoor's parties. "We knew a lot of common pals so when we got introduced we, too, became good friends," says Sameer who starred in Fashion and is best remembered as Purab from Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi.
The actor also features in the English play Anything But Love with Mandira Bedi. "Neelam has seen the drama," he admits.
Says Neelam, "We are friends and enjoy each other's company a lot. We have a lot of common friends and go out for parties and movies together."
When asked if Sameer was special to her, Neelam says, "It is too early to say anything now. But I do enjoy his company a lot."
During Neelam's acting days in the mid-'80s and early '90s, B-Town buzz was that fellow actor Govinda was besotted with her. The duo went on to do several films like Ilzaam together.
She also dated Bobby Deol for over five years. Neelam was briefly married to London-based Rishi Sethia, son of industrialist Nirmal Sethia, in 2000 despite his family's opposition.
But the couple split soon after. After her divorce, the actress-turned-jewellery designer's name was never linked with anyone till Sameer Soni appeared on the scenario.
Sameer too has been married before. He had a short-lived marriage to model Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar (who is now married to actor Rahul Roy). He later dated the now deceased model Nafisa Joseph.