Ahuja in 2012
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Shiney Ahuja was born in Dehradun, Uttrakhand. to Col. Suraj Prakash Ahuja and Seema Ahuja on May 15, 1973.
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.
After college, Shiney secured 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.
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 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.
In June 2009, Ahuja was accused of rape by his maid. He maintained that he had consensual sex with her though later confessed to the crime. Although the maid had retracted her statement of having been raped, in March 2011, the trial court convicted Ahuja based on circumstantial evidence and sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment. The maid was later prosecuted for perjury.
In March 2014, Shiney got a role in Aneez Bazmi's Welcome Back co-starring John Abraham (actor), Shruti Hassan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Nasseruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Ankita and Paresh Rawal ]. The film is set to release in May 2015.
Shiney Ahuja has an elder sister, based in Texas. Shiney is married to Anupam Ahuja and they have one daughter named Arshiya, born in 2007 in Mumbai.
Both Shiney and his wife are attached to various NGOs and have been regular contributors since several years. They have sponsored for education, medical support and health & nutrition for orphanages, poor families and old age homes.[irrelevant citation]
|Films Acted in||Year||Role||Other notes|
|Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||2005||Vikram Malhotra||Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut|
|Karam||2005||ACP Wagh Pratap Singh|
|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||Kalakar Award for Best Actor|
|Har Pal||2013||Rohit||To be released|
|Welcome Back||2015||Releasing on May 29, 2015|
Awards and recognitions
|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|
|IIFA Award||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Best actor(debut)|
|Stardust Award||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Best actor(debut)|
|Kalakar Award||Khoya Khoya Chand||Best actor|
- Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Sify.com (2005-04-18). Retrieved on 2011-11-02.
- "Shiney Ahuja Alleged Rape Case: High Court Refuses to Expedite Hearing". NDTV. 24 September 2014.
- "Shiney Ahuja confesses to raping maid: Report". Zee News. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- "John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, and Shiney Ahuja strike a pose on the sets of Welcome Back-view pics! – Bollywood News & Gossip, Movie Reviews, Trailers & Videos at Bollywoodlife.com". Retrieved January 18, 2015.