The dramatic U-turn by actor Shiney Ahuja’s maid, who had earlier accused him of rape, has brought a flicker of hope for the release of actor’s long pending films. On Wednesday, after HT broke the news that Ahuja’s domestic helper now claims she was “paid to frame Shiney”, the makers of his film, Har Pall, who had earlier pushed the film’s release indefinitely, said that it’s time to capitalise on the sympathy the actor may get if he has indeed been wronged.
Jahnu Barua, the director of the film that also stars Preity Zinta, says, “The producer (Tito) has been reluctant to release Har Pall because of Shiney’s case. But, after the maid’s U-turn, this may be the right time to release the film, because there is positivity around him after this revelation.”
Shiney’s family and friends, however, chose to remain tight-lipped about the new development. Film-maker Ashoke Pandit, who has been following the case since the beginning, said,
“We (Shiney’s wife Anupam and Shiney and I) have been advised not to talk to the media before the final court judgment comes.”
Film-maker Pritish Nandy, the producer of Accident, another unreleased film starring Shiney, says, “I will go by the court ruling. It will be unfair to pre-empt a trial.”