Shiney Ahuja

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Shiney Ahuja
Shiney Ahuja.jpg
Born Shiney Ahuja
Delhi, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Anupam

Shiney Ahuja is an Indian actor who won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shiney Ahuja was born in Dehradun, Uttranchal in a Punjabi family[2] to Col. Suraj Prakash Ahuja and Seema Ahuja on May 15, 1975.

Shiney’s early schooling was at St. Xavier's School, Ranchi; later, he studied at The Army Public School (APS), Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. A quintessential sportsman, Shiney was adjudged the ‘Best Sports Boy’ in school and eventually was elected the Sports Captain (Pratap House) at APS. He excelled in football, volleyball and cricket. In particular, he was very fond of cricket and took coaching classes from Mr Gursharan Singh at the National Stadium, New Delhi.

Shiney also took part in several School plays and always looked forward to playing different roles. It was during this time, that he discovered an equally strong passion in Theater as in Sports. It was this passion that would win him admission to the Hansraj College, Delhi University, through the dramatics quota. After a series of auditions, Shiney was among the three who got selected of over 300 aspirants.

While in college, Shiney began to pursue acting seriously. He attended several acting workshops with National School of Drama, New Delhi. Later, he joined the theatre group 'Tag' where he met Barry John (theatre director) and shortly thereafter joined Barry John’s Acting School in Delhi.

In 1999, Shiney bagged his first commercial ad for ‘Pepsi’ that instantly brought him into consideration by the top ad agencies – he was among the few who had the winning combination of looks and talent. Flooded with offers, Ahuja worked in over 40 ad films in that year, including Pepsi, Cadbury’s, Citibank etc. commercials. He also was selected as the male cast for the music video ‘Pyar Ho Gaya’, for the British-Asian band Stereo Nation.

In year 2001, Shiney moved from Delhi to Mumbai to pursue a career in Bollywood.

Career[edit]

In the same year, Sudhir Mishra was auditioning for a film by Pritish Nandy Communications, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’. Sudhir saw Shiney in the Pepsi commercial and called him to audition for Kay Kay’s character – Sidharth Tyabji. Upon Shiney’s request, Sudhir Mishra also auditioned him for the role of Vikram Malohotra. Shiney was cast from over 200 aspirants for the role of Vikram Malhotra and made his acting debut in the ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ (HKA). The film went on to win critical acclaim, and in 2004, was shown across 12 film festivals in 6 months including Turkey, Estonia, River to River (Florence), Berlin, Edinburgh, Washington, Goa, Bite The Mango (Bradford), Commonwealth (Manchester), India (Los Angeles), Dallas, and Pacific Rim (California).

HKA released in 2005 with minimal publicity and national footprint. In 2006, Ahuja swept away debut awards winning the ‘Best Male Debut’ by Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, Zee Cine and Stardust Awards. Thereafter, he played the lead role in Mahesh Bhatt's Gangster, a popular commercial movie genre [4] and Woh Lamhe opposite Kangana Ranaut. Other films followed including Life in a Metro, Bhool Bhulaiiya, Hijack etc. Two of his films, ‘Ek Accident’ with co-star Soha Ali khan and ‘Har Pal’ with Preity Zinta are yet to be released.

Personal life[edit]

Shiney Ahuja married Anupam in 1997. They knew each other 3 years before that and have been together for close to two decades. They have a daughter named Arshiya, born in 2007 in Mumbai.

Shiney has an elder sister Shweta Ahuja who is based out of Texas.

Philanthropy[edit]

Both Shiney and Anupam are attached to various NGOs and have been regular contributors’ since several years. They have sponsored for education, medical support and heath & nutrition for orphanages, poor families and old age homes.[3]

The Case[edit]

Case Timeline[4] In June 14, 2009, Shiney Ahuja’s domestic help alleged Shiney of the crime of rape. The incident sparked tremendous media attention. On June 16, 2009, Shiney’s wife in a press conference, came out in open support for her husband and said that Shiney had been framed. This spurred the public declaration on June 19, 2009 of the then Chief Minister, even though medical reports were pending that “prima facie Shiney is guilty” which led to a one sided investigation against Shiney.

What ensued was a one-sided media trial that left no room for believing in Shiney’s side of the case. After 20 days the another tragedy struck. On July 4, 2009, a leading daily, in front page news, wrongfully reported that Shiney had “confessed to the crime”. When challenged by Shiney’s attorney, the publication issued an apology/clarification on July 6, 2009 – on Page 6 in a tiny coloumn- Obscure and unseen. Shiney thereafter became the poster boy for a heinous crime, even though the judiciary process had yet to be initiated.

Ultimately, after spending 110 days in Arthur Road Jail, Shiney got relief from the High Court on October 1, 2009 and was granted bail with one of the counts being – prima facie there was no evidence to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the crime had actually been committed.[5]

In March 2011, the Sewree Fast Track Court “morally” convicted Shiney in complete disregard to the girl’s deposition that “nothing had happened” and that she had “made the allegations at the behest of her Mausi” – the person who got her the job in the Ahuja household. The judgment also disregarded the admission of the Chemical Analyzer,that he not follow the ‘chain of custody’ procedures that would prove that the samples were not tampered with or contaminated. Of note, the Chemical Analyser during cross-examination, accepted that the vaginal swab report that recorded ‘no DNA found’ had gone missing.[6]

The Judgment accepted the Chemical Analyzer’s defense and instead of passing the benefit of doubt to Shiney for a false positive DNA report,– convicted him.

Furthermore, the defense’s argument citing the CCTV evidence and the admission by the girl that she was on the phone in the duration that the crime was alleged – between 3:15pm and 3.45pm – was unheard. Instead, the Sewree Court accepted the admission by the Investigating Officer that even though he knew of the two critical pieces of evidence (phone call/CCTV) he, “did not think it was necessary to investigate”

The Judgement sent shockwaves in legal world and the film industry.[7]

Ahuja appealed against and won a ‘suspended order of conviction’ in the High Court.[8] He was granted bail in April 27, 2011 and was released from prison on May 4, after spending 45 days in prison.

In 2013, not wanting to wait for the expected norm of 7–10 years for his case to be tried, Shiney put in an application for early hearing.[9]

His case is yet to be heard.

Awards[edit]

2006[edit]

2007–2008[edit]

  • IIFA Awards: Best Actor (Critics) – Gangster
  • Society Young Achiever's Award – Gangster

Filmography[edit]

Film 1495 Year Role Other notes
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi 2005 Vikram Malhotra Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Sins 2005 Father William
Karam 2005 ACP Wagh Pratap Singh
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow 2005 Tarun Haksar
Gangster 2006 Daya Shankar
Fanaa 2006 Suraj Ahuja
Zindaggi Rocks 2006 Dr. Suraj Rihan
Woh Lamhe 2006 Aditya Garewal
Life in a... Metro 2007 Akash
Bhool Bhulaiya 2007 Siddharth Chaturvedi
Khoya Khoya Chand 2007 Zaffar
Hijack 2008 Vikram Madaan
Ghost 2012 Vijay Singh
Har Pall 2013 Rohit Delayed
Welcome Back 2014

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