Shiney Ahuja

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Shiney Ahuja
Shiney Ahuja.jpg
Ahuja in 2012
Born (1973-05-15) 15 May 1973 (age 44)
Dehradun, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Model
Years active 2003–2009
Spouse(s) Anupam Ahuja
Children Arushi Ahuja

Shiney Ahuja (born 15 May 1973) is an Indian actor who won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003 and then followed with several hit films like Gangster, Life in a metro, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shiney Ahuja was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, to Col. Suraj Prakash Ahuja, an officer of the Indian Army, and his wife Seema Ahuja. He has an elder sister who is settled in Texas.

Ahuja studied at numerous army schools across the country, wherever his father was posted, including several years at St. Xavier's School, Ranchi and Army Public School (APS), Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. A quintessential sportsman, Ahuja 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.

During this time he discovered an equally strong passion in Theatre as in Sports. It was this passion that would win him admission to Hansraj College, Delhi University, through the dramatics quota. After a series of auditions, Shiney was among the three who got selected from over 300 aspirants. While in college, Shiney began to pursue acting seriously. He attended several acting workshops held at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Later, he joined the theatre group 'Tag' where he met Barry John. Shortly thereafter, he joined Barry John’s Acting School in Delhi.


After completing college, Shiney secured his first commercial ad for Pepsi. This instantly brought him into consideration by the top ad agencies. Flooded with offers, Ahuja worked in over 40 ad films in that year, including Cadburys and Citibank. He also featured in the music video ‘Pyar ho Gaya’ for the British-Asian band "Stereo Nation."

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, Mishra also auditioned him for the role of Vikram Malhotra. Shiney was selected from over 200 aspirants for the role of Vikram Malhotra and made his acting debut in the Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.

The film went on to win critical acclaim, and was screened at as many as 12 film festivals over 6 months. These included film festivals at Turkey, Estonia, River to River (Florence), Berlin, Edinburgh, Washington, Dallas, India (Goa), Bite The Mango festival (Bradford, UK), the Commonwealth festival (Manchester), and the Pacific Rim festival (California). The film was released commercially in 2005 with minimal publicity but a national footprint across India. Ahuja swept away several best actor (debut) awards given for the year.

Thereafter, he played the lead role in Mahesh Bhatt's Gangster, a popular commercial movie genre and Woh Lamhe opposite Kangana Ranaut. Other films followed including Life in a Metro, Bhool Bhulaiyaa . Two of his films, Ek Accident with co-star Soha Ali Khan and Har Pal with Preity Zinta are yet to be released.


In June 2009, Ahuja was accused of rape, by his maid. Some news outlets reported that he had admitted to having consensual sex with the maid but he has denied it.[2][3] In court, the maid retracted the charge she had laid against him and stated that the act of sex had been consensual. However, the trial court judge refused to accept the retraction and convicted Ahuja based on circumstantial evidence. In 2011, Ahuja was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment.[4] Ahuja filed an appeal against his conviction in the Bombay High Court. The court stayed his sentence until his case could be decided in the High Court. Several hearings have been held and the case is pending. Meanwhile, the maid has been prosecuted for perjury.[5][6]

Comeback in Bollywood[edit]

In 2015, Shiney was cast in Anees Bazmee's Welcome Back co-starring John Abraham, Shruti Hassan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Nasseruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Paresh Rawal.[7][8]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Movies Year Role Other notes
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi 2005 Vikram Malhotra Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Karam 2005 ACP Wagh Pratap Singh
Sins 2005 Williams
Gangster 2006 Daya Shankar Stardust award for Superstar of Tomorrow
Fanaa 2006 Suraj Ahuja Friendly Appearance
Woh Lamhe 2006 Aditya Garewal
Zindaggi Rocks 2006 Dr. Suraj Rihan
Life in a... Metro 2007 Akash Critically Acclaimed
Bhool Bhulaiya 2007 Siddharth Chaturvedi
Khoya Khoya Chand 2007 Zaffar
Hijack 2008 Vikram Madaan
Ghost 2012 Vijay Singh
Har Pal Films that have not yet been released 2013 Rohit
Ek Accident Films that have not yet been released 2013 TBA
Welcome Back 2015 Honey


Award Film Category Won
Filmfare Award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Best Male Debut
Star Screen Award Best Male Debut
Zee Cine Award Best Male Debut
Stardust Award Gangster Superstar of Tomorrow
IIFA Award Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Star Debut of the Year
Stardust Award Best Male Debut
Kalakar Award Khoya Khoya Chand Best actor


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