Fereidoon Farrokhzad discovered Neli (born Shamsi Ashtari) while she was still in high school. She was known for her vibrancy and her youthfulness was contagious. With every public appearance came a new hairstyle and Neli was idolized by Iranian youth, who copied her fashions religiously. Her colourful dresses oozed happiness and her glowingly white teeth shone through the airwaves and into the homes of television viewers across Iran. After the revolution she gave up her music career to study dentistry in the UK. Today she’s rumored to have her own dental clinic near London.