Shiney hopes to shine again

Shiney Ahuja doesn't take fame for granted anymore. The actor who had his moments of glory with films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Gangster and Life In A Metro before he went to jail on charges rape, gracefully accepts the brickbats too. In fact, he says a little prayer before every interview that he gives, because he knows that he will be bombarded with 'difficult questions.' Now ready to make a comeback of sorts, he tries to answer some of them for CS:

Who: Shiney Ahuja
What: Talking about making a fresh start

Welcome back
Even though I felt a little awkward getting back to work, my cast and crew made me feel very welcome. My director received me with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine. Incidentally we started shooting on my birthday, so my family made it a point to be there. After I'd finished cutting the cake, my father started clapping and wished me well for my career. That was a very emotional moment for me.

Rediscovering me
I think my life's experiences have made me more sensitive and emotional, and maybe that helps me emote better. I believe that the best acting school is your life and it has taught me a lot. I think I've become more mature and vulnerable overtime. My family has been a source of strength to me. Anupam, my wife has been like a rock, by my side. My mom is a sardarni, so my dad who is an ex-army officer keeps stating that I'm an 'Aadha Sardar'. I do have a fighter's spirit and I think I get that from both my parents. My family hasn't shied away from the media, so why should I?

Question mark
I understand that every journalist has a heart, so it is as difficult for them to ask me an insensitive question, as it is for me to answer it. Having said that, I also know that negative news tends to have more readership, so it is only natural that scribes would be interested in me and my story. All I can do is answer every difficult question in the best possible way, and honestly. But that doesn't mean that I find it easy. I say a prayer before every interview and thank God once the interview is over. My life's experiences have made me depend on God a little more. When you run into a crisis, it's possible to lose your faith in everything good. But I'm glad that this didn't happen to me. I guess it must be because of the blessings of my family, parents and my ancestors'.



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