Shahid Kapoor is not only a hard-working and successful actor but is an example for his younger half-brother Ishaan Khattar who too is ready for his Bollywood debut opposite Saif Ali Khan's daughter Sara Ali Khan in a Karan Johar film. Mother Neelima Azim is thankful for her good forutne with her children. Speaking about both her sons, the accomplished actress and trained Kathak danseuse speak to DNA saying, "Ishaan like Shahid is a fabulous dancer himself. All three of us are very passionate about dancing. My children’s dancing talent developed under the influence and the blessings of my guruji Pandit Birju Maharaj, who is very close to both my sons. My mother Khadija Azim had famous poets in her family. She belongs to the family of KA Abbas. My father Anwar Azim, was a prominent journalist and Urdu author, so my children have imbibed all this culture at home."
Explaining her absence from the spotlight, Neelima says, "I was taking care of Ishaan, who was still a child. While I was a father and mother to Shahid, I had to solely be a mother to Ishaan. Shahid was there too, with me taking care of Ishaan in so many ways. But now that Ishaan is 20 and all set to enter the film industry, I am free to work and can devote more time to my acting and dancing."