Shahid was born to critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Kapoor and actress/classical dancer Neelima Azim. His parents divorced when he was three and he mostly lived with his mother. When he was 18, he accidently landed the commercial for Pepsi which starred Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee. He also starred in a music video for the band Aryans and met his college sweetheart Hrishita Bhatt, who also appeared in the video. He is a trained dancer, and recieved his training from famed dancer, Shiamak Davar. After working as an extra here and there, Shahid finally landed a leading role in Ken Ghosh's Ishq Vishk. The film also starred Amrita Rao and MTV VJ Shenaz Treasurywala. Shahid recieved many accolades for his refreshing performance in the candy floss romantic flick. He also gained a growing fan base, which included Bollywood babe Kareena Kapoor. The couple also starred in a thriller, Fida, which bombed at the box office.