One of my favorite Neelam music videos was for a song that was part of a compilation of dance hits in the 1995 BMG release titled Channel [V] Hits: The Ultimate Dance Collection, one of the other albums I discovered while revisiting my old audio tapes yesterday. The music video for track 7 in the album, by Bina Mistry, titled Hot Hot Hot, featured Neelam in a red dress by the beach, singing and dancing and to the tune. Very pretty.
On a personal note, the song is a favorite because it became my anthem of sorts for the cricket World Cup in 1996. I remember listening to it as I traveled across parts of South Asia to catch the live cricket action. Not surprisingly, Star Sports (of Star TV, the dominant sports channel back then at least), made it their theme song for India's cricket tour of the West Indies in the summer of 1996. The song is still my favorite.
My efforts of scouring the Internet for the audio or video of the song proved unsuccessful. However, a variant of the song was part of the soundtrack to Bend it like Beckham (2002) -- a film I didn't enjoy as much as most seemed to have. For the memory's sake, here is the track from the film, with similar lyrics but different music. Excuse my bias, but the one starring Neelam was a lot better (seriously, it was. I'm listening to it now, and the music to it makes the difference), but I guess I shall have to live with the soundtrack version of the song and the video of the original not being out there :(
And speaking of missing Neelam, the following song is fitting then, given the title of this post. Yaad Teri Aati Hai from Afsana Pyaar Ka. Yaad bilkul aati hai Neelam. You are one of Bollywood's finest.