Shiney Ahuja was born on May 15, 1975, to Suraj Prakash Ahuja and Seema Ahuja. His father was a Colonel. Shiney did his schooling in Army schools across the country. Ahuja developed his interest in acting at Hansraj College, Delhi University. He further developed his interest in acting by attending National School of Drama. He started his career as a model and then continued in modeling for some time. After completing his college, Ahuja first secured his first commercial ad for Pepsi. After the successful Pepsi ad, he starred in nearly 40 ads. His ad career boosted his chance to enter into Bollywood. His talent was identified by
Sudhir Mishra, the director of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. This film has two male lead role characters, i.e., the role of SiddharthTyabji and
Vikram Malhotra. He first auditioned for the role of Siddharth Tyabji.
But later, he convinced the director and took up the role of Vikram Malhotra. The movie eventually went on to get 12 nominations in 6 months, and the movie was critically acclaimed. Ahuja made a right choice by choosing the role of Vikram Malhotra because the character fetched him various awards which include Filmfare Award for Best Debut Male. This movie gave him nation-wide recognition. After that, he acted in a movie called
Gangster which was directed by
Mahesh Bhatt. He played an anti-hero in that movie. It again gave him recognition, and he got the Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow. After that, he once again got a role in the movie Life in Metro, which was again critically acclaimed. His last critically acclaimed movie was Khoya Khoya Chand, which fetched him the Kalakar Award for Best Actor.
In the year 2009, he was accused of raping his maid who was 18 years old. He argued that the sex was consensual. The maid retracted the charges and said that the act was consensual. The Trail Court refused to accept the retraction. He furthered appealed to the High Court, and several hearings have been conducted after that. After this controversy, Ahuja didn’t get chance to act in many films.
After few years gap, he returned to Bollywood through the movie
Welcome Back where he was paired up with an ensemble cast which included,
Nana Patekar, and
John Abraham. Though he has acted in very few movies, most of his movies are critically acclaimed for his acting and Shiney is very particular about the roles which he chooses to act.
Another Version of this Bio…
Shiney Ahuja was born on the 15th of May, 1975 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand to Colonel Suraj Prakash Ahuja and Seema Ahuja. Being the son of an officer of the Indian Army, Ahuja received his early education from a number of army schools across country. He was quite the sportsman in school and excelled in a number of sports like volleyball, football and cricket. He went on to receive professional training in cricket in the later years from Mr. Gursharan Singh at the National Stadium of Delhi. During his years there, he discovered his passion for theatre and went on to pursue it seriously through college. He joined the theatre group ‘
Tag’ where he met director
Barry John, shortly after which he joined Barry John’s acting school in Delhi.
Shiney was first cast in a ‘Pepsi’ commercial which was the much-needed break he needed to enter into the world of television and cinema. This was followed by as many as 40 ad-films that year including Cadbury’s and Citi Bank. He also appeared in the music video of ‘Pyar ho Gaya’ by the band ‘Stereo Nation’.
He debuted into Bollywood with the movie ‘Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi’ directed by Sudhir Mishra. His exceptional performance in the movie fetched him an IIFA and Filmfare award for Best Actor (Debut) along with three others.
He went on to become one of the most popular actors of the industry and appeared in movies like Anurag Basu's romantic crime drama ‘Gangster’, Mohit Suri's ‘
Woh Lamhe’, ‘
Life in a Metro’ and also the blockbuster thriller-comedy ‘
Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ etc.,
He had a break from Bollywood following the controversy which led to his imprisonment in the year of 2009.
However, Ahuja bounced back into the game with the movie Welcome Back (2015) alongside renowned actors like John Abraham,
Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar and
Paresh Rawal. His movies Ek Accident and Har Pal are yet to hit the box office.
Shiney Ahuja tied the knot in the year 2003. He now lives in Mumbai with his wife Anupam Ahuja and daughter Arshiya Ahuja.