Bollywood’s Neelam Kothari Soni to amplify the voice of children at CRY 2023 New York Gala May 19


The star of Netflix’ ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ and ‘80s hit films, Neelam Kothari Soni, is lending her celebrity status to a good cause – child rights and underprivileged children in India.

Neelam Kothari Soni. PHOTO: provided by CRY America

She is set to headline the CRY America’s 2023 New York – New Jersey Gala, set for 6:30 PM, Friday, May 19 at The Taj Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st St, New York, a press release from organizers said.

Child Rights and You (CRY) America is a US non-profit that supports projects in India and the U.S. that ensure access to education and healthcare for underprivileged children, as well as protection from child labor, early marriage and trafficking. Since 2004, with the support of more than 25,000 donors and over 2,000 volunteers, CRY America has impacted the lives of 752,172 children living across 4,027 villages and slums through support to 90 projects in India and the US, CRY America said in its press release.

Themed “YOU Put the ‘Y’ in CRY,” the gala will honor CRY America’s donors, volunteers, media partners and supporters. The New York-New Jersey gala is one in a series including events in Seattle, San Diego, Houston and the San Francisco Bay Area. Registration details for the New York-New Jersey gala are available at

For two bingeable seasons of Netflix’ “The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives,” Neelam Kothari Soni has brought her big-screen fame to streaming devices worldwide. The veteran actress and fine-jewelry magnate will entertain fans from the tristate area with her presence.

After starring in hit films of the 1980s and ‘90s such as “Love 86” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, Neelam launched a second career as a jewelry designer with her own world-class brand, Neelam Jewels.  She’s returned to acting in recent years, with roles in Amazon’s “Made in Heaven” and “Bollywood Wives”, which has sparked a resurgence in her popularity.

Neelam Kothari Soni. PHOTO: provided by CRY America

“I am honored and privileged to be associated with CRY,”  Neelam is quoted saying in the press release. “Over the years I have heard of the good work they do, especially when it comes to ensuring that children can complete their education. Education is something which is every child’s right. It ensures a brighter future not only for the child, but also for our country and our world.”

Last year’s CRY Gala series set a fundraising record for the organization at $1 million. This year’s fundraising is on track to at least match that total – the Seattle, San Diego, and Bay Area events have so far raised approximately $600,000.

CRY America CEO Shefali Sunderlal expressed her gratitude to CRY’s generous donors for their ongoing commitment to the cause.

“We are so grateful to have donors, volunteers, sponsors and media partners that embody the YOU in CRY, all of whom are absolutely essential to our continuing work for underprivileged children,” she said. “We are also fortunate to have the support of celebrities like Neelam, who add value to our events and amplify the voices and rights of children.”



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