Separation is always a painful process, whether it is a mutual decision or a forced one-sided verdict, a divorce is the end of a relationship. Bollywood actress, Neliima Azeem had gone through a similar phase when she had parted ways from ex-husbands, Pankaj Kapur and Rajesh Khattar. In a recent interview, the actress talked about her failed marriages and how it hit her hard. She said, ‘I had this wonderful friend who I got married to, everything was just la-la-la-da-di-da, my parents were wonderful, I had a great crowd around me, toh mujhe ye pata hi nahi tha ke kuch zindagi mein aisa bhi ho sakta hai jisme pav phisal jaye aur hum dup kar ke ghir jaaye (I wasn’t aware that one could slip in life and fall flat). Aur rejection ka koi sawaal hi nahi hai (there was no question of rejection) because everybody used to love me and adore me and follow me around. So it was, in that way, when you’re young and full of beans, it was the first time when I actually experienced grief, sorrow, rejection, anxiety, pain and fear of the unknown and a whole lot of insecurity.’ Furthermore she added, ‘This was the first time when I slipped and fell on my face so to say. But I don’t see it as a terrible thing that happened to me in life. I just simply think that I needed that bump. We all must understand that we are not extraordinary or entitled, we are simply human beings that can be rejected. It took me a year-and-a-half after that to put myself together.’ Talking about her marriage with Rajesh Khattar, she said, ‘The second marriage would have lasted if certain things didn’t happen which were difficult to encounter… It was difficult, it was an impossible feat. I think it would have worked out if there was more control and more logic and sense in it. But it went, it flew out. And it happens in Bombay with all the struggle and with all the pressures, sometimes people succumb to it. But I have the ability to get up and start walking again, and I have these lovely boys in my life, my sons (Shahid and Ishaan), they were a great inspiration for me and a source of so much happiness and encouragement.’ The veteran actress also revealed that today she is on cordial with Rajesh and his wife Vandana Sajnani. For those unaware, Neliima Azeem had three failed marriages. She had first tied the knot with Pankaj Kapur and had gotten blessed with Shahid Kapoor. Later, she had married Rajesh Khattar and was blessed with another son, Ishaan Khatter. However, things went downhill for the ex-couple and they had parted ways in 2001 and she had then married Ustad Raza Ali Khan but reportedly parted ways with him in 2009.