“When I was 22…I wore baggy clothes with broad belts,” says Neelam Kothari Soni

Where were you career-wise?

I had started acting at 16 with Jawaani (1984). So, I was at my peak and working round the clock, and would shoot back-to-back for three films in a day.

And your finances?

Very sound. Dad managed my money. At that point it wasn’t about how much money I was making, it was more about working hard and being successful.

Did this stability impact your mindset at the time?

I felt blessed and very grateful to god that I didn’t have to struggle and things were easy for me.

And your future plans…?

I was very clear that I’d join my family business and become a jewellery designer.

So, what was your fashion sense like?

I wore baggy clothes with a broad belt in strange colour combinations like yellow and purple! I wasn’t brand conscious.

And your favourite food…?

I was born and brought up in Hong Kong, so Chinese. And I loved going to China Garden on my off day, which was a Sunday.

What’s your most prized possession?

My dark blue Maruti 1000 because it was my first big buy from my own money.

Finally, what did you do for fitness?

Nothing! I ate everything and I never exercised or even went for a walk. I guess I had a great metabolic rate.

From HT Brunch, October 11, 2020

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