In 1995, the younger son of the veteran actor Dharmendra, Bobby Deol made his acting debut in the Bollywood world with the film ‘Barsaat’. After the release of this film, this new star kid turned into a hit among the audience instantly. Very few people know that Bobby Deol was in a relationship with actress Neelam for approximately 5 years. The lovebirds Bobby and Neelam were in a serious relationship and they both wanted their relationship to last forever, but destiny had some different plans for them.
While Bobby and Neelam never talked about their affair in media, but in an old interview to the magazine ‘Stardust’ the ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ actress opened up on her separation with Bobby. In this interview, Neelam made it clear to everyone that their breakup was a mutual one and no third person was to be blamed for it.
Neelam said, “Yes, it’s true that Bobby and I have split. I don’t like talking about my personal life as it is, but there are a lot of misconceptions and baseless rumours floating around, which I would like to lay to rest with a clarification. I don’t want people to believe what is untrue. And one of the rumours is that Bobby and I have split because of his involvement with Pooja Bhatt. Stardust itself had mentioned this. Well, let me tell you and the world, that this is false. I didn’t break off with Bobby because of a Pooja Bhatt. Or any other girl for that matter. Our decision to part ways was mutual and amicable. Certainly not because of infidelity on anyone’s part.”
Neelam and Bobby were dating each other for more than five years before she called it off. “I just realized all of a sudden that I would never be happy with him. I know that five years is a long time to reach that realization; I realized late, but at least, I did. And when it dawned on me, I acted as quickly as I could. Like I said earlier, once I’ve made up my mind, I go through with it.”
she added, “Actually, I think it’s the most sensible decision I’ve ever made. For one, it has made my family very happy. Now I can turn my attention to the other things in my life that I’ve been neglecting. So much to catch up on. So much to do. I want to start life afresh.”
While many speculated that Neelam took this decision on the grounds of the reports that Bobby Deol’s father, Dharmendra was strictly against this relationship. He didn’t want any of his sons to get hitched to any B-town actress. Yet, Neelam called this rumour rubbish by saying that it was nothing to do with their families. Rather she herself was afraid to wind up being a star wife, and that is the most compelling motivation that she chose to go separated ways from Bobby.
“Anyway, let me make one thing clear. Believe me, this decision has got nothing to do with either family. I just kept thinking about ultimately ending up as a star-wife – and the thought nagged me so much that it began haunting me. You know the thought of getting involved with a guy who’s getting into films… he hasn’t even started… I just felt scared. Terribly scared. I can’t explain the fear, I thought, might as well finish it now. I couldn’t bear the thought of something going wrong later. It would have been too late. I see it happening all around me, to all the star-wives. Okay, so I decided late, very late, I agree. But still, not too late.” Neelam said.
However, now they both have moved on in their lives. Neelam is now happily married to Samir Soni. And Bobby Deol is happy in his own world with wife, Tanya Ahuja and sons, Aryaman Deol and Dharam Deol.