Shahid Kapoor celebrates his birthday today with old friends, choreographer Ahmed Khan and director Lovely Singh, followed by a night out with dad Pankaj Kapoor. Says a source close to Shahid, "It's a quiet birthday for him. He's spending the entire day with friends and the night is for the family. He and his pals will go for a drive out of town, have lunch and catch up on old times." But Shahid's mom Neelima Azim is nowhere in the scheme of things. Neelima had blasted Pankaj and his wife Supriya Pathak recently, which upset Shahid who prefers to keep a quiet front.
Director Ken Ghosh, who has known him for many years says jokingly, "Shahid throws the most boring parties. I am more naughty at 40 than Shahid is at 27! He doesn't even drink!" Shahid is currently having a blast shooting for Ken's film Star (tentative title) where he plays a singer-dancer. The birthday boy says, "Recently, we shot at my old building, Woodstock, in Lokhandwala, where I used to live during my struggling days. Ken and I were reminiscing about the old times when he would come to meet me for Ishq Vishk Pyaar Vyaar.
At the shoot, a huge crowd had gathered. During Ishq Vishk... no one even bothered me for an autograph. It felt strange. Life has come a full circle for me today from my struggling days to becoming an established actor." Ken adds, "We shot the film at Shahid's old haunts as there's a very funky bus-stop there now, which wasn't there earlier. Shahid would hang around Barista and Cafe Coffee Day during those days. But what really touched me was an incident that Shahid narrated.
There is a grocery shop nearby where he would pick up stuff on credit and get tense every month-end as it meant payment time. Now he's a big star but Shahid's still not forgotten his roots. He tells me he feels strange now to have four security guys around him for protection!"