In an interview with Bollywood Bubble, Neliima Azeem discussed her divorce from her first husband, Pankaj Kapur, when their son Shahid Kapoor was three and a half years old.
"Shahid was really young, he was three and a half years old," Neelima spoke of Shahid's reaction to the news of their split to Bollywood Bubble. She told that even before they realized she had conceived at the tender age of 21, her then-husband Pankaj had left her for Mumbai to try his luck in films and television. She never stopped him from going because she always believed that he is a very talented man. She also stated that her parents assisted her in raising Shahid, who was born in Delhi.
Neliima said “Pankaj and I never had a home together. Shahid was used to staying with us there in Delhi. It wasn’t as if he stayed with his father and then he had to shift out. He was in the same surroundings he always was in, from the time he was born. It didn’t make such a huge difference to him but of course, separation and divorce make a difference. He was very young and secondly, he was in the same ambience and family structure as he used to be", she added.
Neliima raised Shahid as a single parent after her divorce from Pankaj in 1984. She also has another son, Ishan Khattar with her ex-husband Rajesh Khattar.