Ahuja in 2012
15 May 1973 |
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
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 Theater 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 (a theatre director). 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 Pepsi, Cadbury’s 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, Sudhir Mishra also auditioned him for the role of Vikram Malhotra. Shiney was cast 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, 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. 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. Ahuja was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment. 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.
Comeback in Bollywood
|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|
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 never raped me: Maid. Times of India. September 8, 2010
- "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.
- Shiney Ahuja returns as Naseer's son. Times of India. September 5, 2014