Birthday: 02-12-1959
Age: 59
Star sign: Capricorn
Neelima Azeem is a classical dancer and an actress who was born on 2nd December,1959. The famous heartthrob, Shahid Kapoor is her son. She learnt the classical dance style of Khattak from Birju Maharaj. Both her parents were journalists who worked for a Russian (then USSR) magazine publication “Sputnik” where they translated from Urdu to Russian. She was married to ‘Pankaj Kapoor’ but, separated due to the lack of companionship in 1984.She then tied the knot with Rajesh Khattar but, broke the marriage due to alcoholism and financial troubles. She had a son, ‘Shehzad Ishaan Khattar’, with him. She is now married to ‘Ustad Raza Ali Khan’ whom she met at the age of 45(2003).She started out as a solo Khattak dancer at the age of 15, while she was still a student under Birju Maharaj and started her acting career at 20. She was offered roles in Hindi movies like “ Umrao Jaan” and “Utsav” which she declined. She feels that the role of ‘ Shehnaaz’ which she played in the TV serial “ Phir Wohi Talash” brought her great fame back in the day. She debuted in the Hindi movie “Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro”(Don’t Cry For Salim, the Lame) which was released on 29thMay,1989. She played the role of Chanda in the movie “Sadak” in the year 1991 which had similarities to ‘ Martin Scorsese’s’ “Taxi Driver”. She acted in various other Hindi movies like “Nagin Aur Lutera” with Rajesh Khattar which was released in 1992, “KarmYoddha” directed by ‘Dayal Nihalani’ which was released in 1992, “DIl Apna Preet Parai” directed by ‘ Kishore’ which was released in 1993, “Aaja Re O Sajna” a sci-fi movie with Rajesh Khattar which was released in 1994, “Zamaana Deewana” which was released in 1995, “Chhota Sa Ghar” which was released in 1996, ”Hahakaar” which was released in 1996, “ Itihaas” which was released in 1997, “KaalaMandir” which was released in 2000, “IshqVishk” which was released in 2003(This was Shahid Kapoor’s first silver screen appearance), “ Just Married” which was released in 2007 and “Yaari Mere Yaar Ki” which was released in 2008. She stated in an interview that she felt burnt out and stagnant after some point and felt that acting was deteriorating. She acted in Hindi TV serials like “Zameen Aasmaan” and “ Amrapali” as well. She made a guest appearance in the famous Hindi TV show “ Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein” is which she played the role of ‘ Devyani’ and called this her full-fledged comeback.She is now getting ready to get her son, Shahid, married to Mira Rajput on the 10th June 2015. The marriage is set to take place in Greece.