Shiney 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]

Shiney Ahuja
Ahuja in 2012
Born (1973-05-15) 15 May 1973
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, Model
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Anupam Ahuja
ChildrenArshiya Ahuja

Early life

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 [2] 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 and in Sports. It was this passion that would win him admission to Hansraj College, Delhi University, through the dramatics quota. He completed his engineering from RV College of Engineering Bengaluru. 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 film 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.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison for rape . He was seen in the horror film Ghost (2012), which was a flop at the box office. After three years he came in a cameo appearance in Welcome Back (2015)


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.[3][4]


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
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow 2005
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 2013 Rohit
Ek Accident 2013 TBA
Welcome Back 2015 Honey


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


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