Neelam Kothari recently revealed that although she had decided to quit films, Karan Johar convinced her to play a small part in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai by telling her that all she had to do was play herself. The actor had her own show called The Neelam Show in the film.
"Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) and Hum Saath Saath Hain (HSSH) happened after I had quit acting. Karan Johar, who is a dear friend, told me, ‘Look, you are playing yourself. It’s a cameo appearance. It will be fun’, and that was that. Little did I know that The Neelam Show I did in KKHH would be such a big hit. In fact, the younger generation knows me from KKHH," she said.
"Filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya was extremely keen on having me on board for the part in HSSH. I told him that I wasn’t doing movies anymore, but he was sweet enough to persuade me. So, I may have done 40 films, but I am recognized for my last two screen outings," she added.
Neelam made her comeback of sorts with Netflix's reality show Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives in November 2020.