“I guess, I am destiny’s child. Tell you why. A friend of mine was going for an audition and I’d dropped in there. One of the assistants there insisted that I too should queue up. I did it just for a lark. Two days later, I learnt that I was shooting with Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Kajol for the Pepsi ad.” Any guesses who could be this destiny’s child? It’s Shahid Kapoor also known as Sasha, especially the ones who think he’s cute. From wooing the teenage girls in his chocolate boy romances like ‘Ishq Vishq’ and ‘Vivah’ to sweeping the critics off their feet in ‘Kaminey’, Shahid has undoubtedly come a long way. Speaking of his films, the highly lauded “Jab We Met” deserves a special mention. Experts believe that the blockbuster movie in which he starred with his then-girlfriend Kareena Kapoor proved to be the turning point in his career.
As a child, Shahid acted with Ayesha Takia in the Complan ad “I’m a Complan boy”. His next notable ad was the Pepsi super starrer ad featuring Shahrukh, Rani and Kajol. Thereafter, he was seen in music videos and commercials. Does the song ‘Aankhon Mein Tera hi Chehra’ by ‘Aryans’ featuring Hrishita Bhatt and Shahid Kapur ring a bell?
His parents, mother Neelima Azeez and father Pankaj Kapoor, are actors. Well, Neelima is still remembered as Shehnaz from the 1980s Doordarshan serial Phir Wohi Talash where as Pankaj Kapur is a 3 times national award winner and is known for his roles in Office Office, Maqbool and Karamchand Jasoos.
Though his parents divorced when he was only three, Shahid maintains that the news of his parents’ separation did not affect him much, owing to the love and affection he received from his maternal grandparents, “Thanks to the care and concern of my grandparents, I was never so affected by my parents separation. My mum and I lived with them in Delhi’s Press Enclave (Saket). My nana Anwar Azim, was the editor of Sputnik brought out by Urdu Blitz”, Shahid had said in an interview with Zeenews in 2008.
Industry insiders say that Shahid Kapoor loves to maintain a low-profile, has a boring life and is shy. It was an enamoured Kareena Kapoor who ‘pursued’ the shy Shahid! It’s been also said that Shahid doesn’t mind the numerous link-ups with his co-actresses and good-looking celebrities. He has been linked up with Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and Sania Mirza.
Recently Shahid was in the news for flying an F16 in Bangalore on Feb 12 at the Aero India 2011 for his movie ‘Mausam’ which is being directed by his dad Pankaj Kapur. He flew in the Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft as a copilot with Paul ‘Bear’ Wendell up to 6G speed, did a loop and also had a mock drill with F16. ‘Mausam’ where Shahid is playing a fighter pilot is touted to be one of the biggest romantic movies in 2011 and judging by the posters of the movie it appears that the movie is set in a different era. With “Jab We Met” considered as Shahid’s best romantic performance till date, I wonder whether his role in Mausam can surpass his fondly remembered role as Aditya Kashyap.