Actor Shahid Kapoor once liked a girl during their school days, and even put up her picture at their house, says father Rajesh Khattar. The actor added that he ‘was scared’ that Shahid may want to eventually marry her.
Asked about some memorable anecdotes from Shahid's childhood, Rajesh told Siddharth Kannan, "There are so many. It may not be publicly known but he was not great with academics. He often scored average marks. so when it was time for him to get into college, it was stressful."
He added, "Ek baar school me unko ek mohtarma pasand aa gai this to unki photowoto laa kar ghar me laga di thi. Wo jo mera ubaal tha, mai to ghabra gaya tha.(There was this one time he found a liking for this girl in school and he brought her picture and placed it in our house. I was nervous). I did not know how to deal with it. I was scared that he will marry her but his mother calmed me down and told me there is not much to it."
He also said that he could never understand the lull that he saw in his career after doing films such as Race 3 and Don. He did not have any work for three years. He managed to sail through the time by diversifying into different kinds of businesses. Later, he bagged work as a dubbing artist for films such as Iron Man, Pirates of Carribean, and Ponniyin Selvan I.
Rajesh and Neliima married in 1990 and welcomed Ishaan five years later. Earlier, she married Pankaj Kapur in 1979 and welcomed Shahid in 1981. Neiima and Rajesh parted ways in 2001.