I’ve always had a very paternal feeling towards him: Shahid on step-brother Ishaan Khatter


Shahid Kapoor has established himself as an ace actor and has been a part of the Bollywood industry for the last 15 years. In a world where half-siblings are generally not on the best of terms, Shahid’s family is a revelation. He has three half-siblings – Ishaan Khatter through his mother Neelima Azeem and Sanah Kapoor and Ruhaan Kapoor with father Pankaj Kapur and he is on amicable and loving terms with all of them. In fact, Sanah made her Bollywood debut in his film Shandaar. Now, that Ishaan has embarked on his Bollywood journey, Shahid was asked about his lil brother during a recent interview with a leading daily.

Ishaan is already two-films old. He acted in Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds and was last seen opposite Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak which went on to garner good numbers at the box office. Ishaan was appreciated for his acting and dancing skills and comparisons were bound to be made with his elder and more illustrious sibling. Shahid was asked about how he sees Ishaan as an actor during the interview, to which the actor replied, “I think Ishaan has done very well despite the fact he is just two films old. He was very good in both his movies and both the characters as well. In fact, that’s what I was always worried about because I knew chance toh milega because nazar mein hai. I am very happy and I hope that he keeps his focus because he has a lot of potential as an actor.”

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While Ishaan was promoting his film Dhadak he had named Shahid as the ‘strongest male influence in his life’, taking the same cue Shahid was asked about the compliment. The Padmaavat told the leading daily, “You know, I was 14 when he was born so by the time he was four to five years old, I was 20 and independent by then. At 21, I started working so I’ve always had a very paternal feeling towards him and not the typical siblings’ emotions. I vividly remember that he used to come to the sets even when he was three or four years old, so he has literally tailed me around. Ishaan was always a jumpy kid, bouncing around.” Now, isn’t that sweet?

On the work front, Shahid is all geared up for his forthcoming release Batti Gul Meter Chalu opposite Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam. He also has Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Hindi remake of his hit film Arjun Reddy.