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, Himachal Pradesh.[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 TAPS. 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.

During this time 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.[4]

After college, Shiney bagged his first commercial ad for ‘Pepsi’ that instantly brought him into consideration by the top ad agencies – Flooded with offers, Ahuja worked in over 40 ad films in that year, including Pepsi, Cadbury’s, Citibank etc. commercials. He also featured in the music video ‘Pyar Ho Gaya’, for the British-Asian band- Stereo Nation.

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, 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 all the best actor (debut) for the year. 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.

From 2010 to 2013 shiney went through 2 personal tragedies. Firstly he was accused by his domestic help of rape and secondly his mother was diagnosed of cancer. However in court the maid confessed that Shiney was innocent and that she had levelled the rape charges on instigation from the lady who had planted her in his house. His mother is undergoing treatment in Tata hospital

In march 2014, Shiney got a break with a pivitol role in Aneez Bazmi's 'welcome back' co-starring John Abraham, Shruti Hassan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Nasseruddin Shah, Dimple Kakadia, Ankita and Paresh Rawal. The film is set to release in march 2015.[2]

Personal Facts[edit]

Shiney Ahuja has an elder sister Shweta Lamba who is based out of Texas.Shiney is married to Anupam. They have a daughter named Arshiya, born in 2007 in Mumbai.

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]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Award Film Catagory
Filmfare award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best actor(debut)
Star Screen Award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best actor(debut)
Zee cine award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best actor(debut)
Stardust Award Gangster Superstar of tomorrow
Iffwa Award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best actor(debut)
Stardust Award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best actor(debut)
Kalakar Award Khoya Khoya Chand Best actor

The Case[edit]

(Case Timeline: http://shineyahujainnocent.blogspot.com/p/case-timeline.html)

In June 14th 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 commited http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Actor-Shiney-Ahuja-gets-bail/articleshow/5076525.cms

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. http://www.legalblog.in/2011/03/actor-shiney-ahuja-sentenced-to-7-year.html

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. http://shineyahujainnocent.blogspot.com/p/there-is-something-fishy-about.html

Ahuja appealed against and won a ‘suspended order of conviction’ in the High Court. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Shiney-challenges-conviction-in-rape-case/articleshow/8031804.cms He was granted bail in April 27, 2011 and was released from prison on May 4th, 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 (http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-hc-expedites-shiney-ahujas-appeal-against-conviction-in-rape-case-1770794)

His case is yet to be heard.


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