Shahid Kapoor with wife Mira and daughter Misha
The young generation of parents in B-Town find themselves divided on their stance of shielding their tots from the media glare. While Saif Ali Khan alluded that attempting to hide Taimur from the paparazzi may lead to more chaos, Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira have constantly expressed concern over the attention given by shutterbugs to daughter Misha. “My daughter didn’t choose this glamorous life. What’s her fault?” Kapoor asks mid-day while backing his stance.
Referring to his child being labelled ‘pouty beauty’ on social media, Kapoor says, “I hate to think of all the glare that’s on her. That is probably the only time I feel I should have had another job. I don’t want her to deal with it. It’s not good for children to go through this. They have a right to a normal childhood.” That his stature in Bollywood is a possible cause of distress for Misha is difficult for him to accept. “She has to deal with it because I am her dad. It’s tough for me, as a parent, to make peace with that. I hope she will learn how to tackle it when she grows up.”
Kapoor’s face instantly lights up when he reveals that his daughter is the only one who soothes him in a “world filled with harsh critics”. His new role as a father, and husband, has changed the way he looks at his priorities. “I am responsible for a woman who has left her life in Delhi to be with me. I am responsible for my daughter and must be an example for her. I have to be a good human being first, a good actor later. I’ve realised that this drastic shift is helping me grow as both.”
Reflecting on his childhood, which was distanced from limelight despite the position his parents, Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azim, held in the industry, he said, “No one knew I was Pankaj Kapur’s son till I joined the industry. It was only after an IMDB page about me was made that people discovered who my father is. My mother was a struggling actor, who separated from my dad when I was growing up. I got to know my father only after turning 18. So, I had a regular middle-class childhood, devoid of attention.”