Shahid Kapoor comes from good stock. His father is the phenomenal Pankaj Kapoor and his mother the lovely Neelima Azim. But Shahid never used his family's name or connections to get ahead in Bollywood. He started his career showing off his dancing skills in music videos and advertisements. Thanks to his association with Shiamak Davar, he got an opportunity to perform as a background dancer in Subhash Ghai's 1999 film 'Taal' (You can see him draping a white dupatta around Aishwarya Rai in the 'Kahi Aag Lage Lag Jaave' song). In the ten years since then, he's moved his way up from being a background dancer to a full blown super star.
Shahid's first appearance as a leading man was in 2003 in Ken Ghosh's 'Ishq Vishk', opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala. While the film was a moderate success, his performance was appreciated.
The following year he appeared with Kareena Kapoor in another Ken Ghosh production called 'Fida'. The film didn't do well but the leading stars found love with each other and soon became an admired couple.
Shahid continued to act in average-grossers to flop films including '36 China Town'. He finally saw real success in Sooraj Barjatya's 2006 romantic drama 'Vivah' opposite his earlier co-star Amrita Rao.
A year later Shahid teamed up with girlfriend Kareena in Imtiaz Ali's fresh love with crackling dialogue 'Jab We Met'. The movie was a super hit and went on to do roaring business. The stars had something else in store for its lead pair, however, and the couple announced their break-up just around the time of the movie's release.
Shahid has maintained a dignified silence about the break-up and has gone on to do some stellar work in films such as 'Kaminey'. The media usually links him with every actress he works with, be it Vidya Balan or Priyanka Chopra.