It’s a time of celebration for the Kapoors. A baby girl was born to Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira. Along with Shahid’s father Pankaj Kapur and his wife Supriya Pathak, Shahid’s mother Neelima Azim and her son Ishaan (Shahid’s brother) too rushed to the hospital to be with the couple and be part the joyous news.
The young grandmother, Neelima, is thrilled about the birth of her first born’s first born. She tells us, “I have two sons (Shahid and Ishaan) with a difference of 13 years between them. I always wanted a daughter. I can’t begin to express my emotions. When I heard that Mira had delivered a little girl… it was joy multiplied. To see your first-born holding his own little first-born and just seeing him take care of our little angel made me speechless! I can’t express that beautiful feeling… Ishaan is now a chachu! The youngest in our family is now taking care of the little baby… Mira, Shahid, Ishaan and the baby — fill me with indescribable happiness. Though I would have been as happy if Mira and Shahid had a son, as I am used to being surrounded by boys. We say when a daughter is born — ghar mein bacchi aane se huzoor ki salami hui hai… Ab har tare ki barkat milegi (we have been blessed by God. Now peace, happiness and prosperity will reign).”
Neelima says when she went to the hospital to see the baby she felt their family’s golden circle was complete. “Whatever challenges that life throws at you seem little when we see the golden light…
“Both my sons are doing well now personally and professionally. Ishaan will make his Bollywood debut soon. Mujhe aur kya chahiye? Bas apni dono bachchon ki khushi. What else can I ask for? It’s the ultimate for a mother to see their kids happy and doing well. When I walked into the hospital and looked at the baby… To say that I got emotional is a small feeling. It’s a very different feeling — ek ajeeb pride aur khushi hoti hai… As adults, we go through ups and downs, but when you hold a little baby in your arms everything fades away and only a huge feeling of gratitude remains.”
Neelima reveals that she arrived at the hospital a few minutes after the baby was born. “As soon as we heard the news, we bought mithai and rushed there. But there was heavy traffic and rains so we got held up. I became very impatient as I wanted to reach fast so I kept hurrying our driver who was shocked at my behaviour. Usually, I fall asleep in the car and am much more controlled! (laughs) I wanted to give Mira and Shahid some space as a family, so I was just waiting for the call to go there. What is distance? I would have flown to another country to see my grandchild.”
The name of the little baby has been finalised by Mira and Shahid but Neelima says she can’t disclose her name. “There is a name for the baby but it’s the parents’ prerogative to announce it. The most interesting thing I can add here is that I thought of the same name as Shahid and Mira. Once Mira and the baby are back at home I plan to visit them as often as I can. I miss her already.”
She can’t decide who Shahid’s baby looks like, “It’s difficult to say who a one-day-old baby resembles. Uska rang chadega har din, so you really can’t say whom she looks like now. All I will say is that the baby is very beautiful. Bahut pyari hai bachchi. Maa baap bhi itne pyare hain, they are made for each other and the baby is too. My son has got his unit — now he is one boy with two girls, I was one girl with two boys (smiles).”
About being a young grandmother, Neelima says,“It’s wonderful. In my family we do everything early. I became an actor and dancer when I was very young and had Shahid when I was just 20. So, I was a young mother as well. It’s great being a young grandmother because then you can play with the child, travel, be actively involved and grow with them and relate better to them.”