"She is an important part of Ishaan's life."
Neliima Azeem has opened up about Ananya Panday and the actress’ bond with her son Ishaan Khatter.
Neliima said that Ananya, who is rumoured to be dating Ishaan Khatter, has become a part of their inner circle.
Ishaan and Ananya, who worked together in the 2020 film Khaali Peeli, have never confirmed their relationship status.
They have often shared photos from the same vacation spots as they holiday with each other but are yet to openly speak about their bond.
This is the first time that Neliima has commented on the equation between the two Bollywood stars.
Neliima had recently reacted with a “wooo” and a fire emoji when Ananya posted a picture of herself dressed in a sheer black dress for the Hello Awards.
Ananya was also recently spotted at the birthday celebrations of Neliima’s eldest son Shahid Kapoor.
Asked about her bond with Ananya Panday, Neliima revealed that the actress has learned dancing from her.
She added: “She is a part of our inner circle and family circle. She is a good friend of Shahid and Mira.
“And obviously, she is an important part of Ishaan’s life.
“I would say that they are great buddies and good companions. With his friends also, she fits in very well.”
Neliima also praised the acting skills of Ananya and applauded her work in the recently-released film Gehraiyaan, which also starred Siddhant Chaturvedi, Deepika Padukone, and Dhairya Karwa.
Ishaan’s mother said: “As far as I am concerned, I think that she always showed talent from the time she came.
“But with Gehraiyaan, she has come shining through.
“Not only me but everyone is appreciating her talent and her realistic, intelligent performance.
“She has been highly appreciated in Gehraiyaan. I am very happy about it.”
Ananya for her part had given a cheeky answer when asked about her relationship status. The actress was posed a question by a fan who wanted to know if she is single.
In response, she pretended not to hear the question even as it was repeated:
“I can’t hear this question.”
On the film front, Ananya Panday has Kho Gaye Hum Kahan and Liger in the pipeline.
Ishaan Khatter is looking forward to the release of Phone Bhoot and Pippa.