He portrays intense characters in films like Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi, Gangster and Life In A Metro, but in reality, Shiney Ahuja has a keen sense of humour.
HT City caught up with the actor, during his recent Delhi visit. We begin the interview asking him to comment on Internet rumours that his real name is Roshan.
"I've always been Shiney. Only the Internet says that my name is Roshan," he says. Apparently misguoted and misrepresented, Shiney says he's stopped reacting to anything written about him. He shares some bizarre instances with us.
"I woke up one morning in Mumbai to read that I was in New York!"
Talking about the flavour of the season, IPL, he says he can't take sides. "I am an army kid. I grew up in so many different cities, so I'm supporting India at the end of the day."
Next we move on to his new movie Hijack, where he's paired alongside Esha Deol.
"It's a total action film. I hung on a helicopter for six days," says the actor who always wanted to do an action film. What about rumours about his conflict with actress Preity Zinta on the sets of Jahnu Barua's Har Pal?
"She is so experienced, we all learnt so much from her on the sets. People cook up these ridiculous stories."
Shiney, whose baby is now seven months-old, plays a father in Hijack, too. So has becoming a father changed him?
"It's made me calmer. No matter what happens, I just have to hug my baby and everything is alright."
What about the responsibilities that come with fatherhood?"
"When I got married people said life will change, but life only got better. I love getting up at midnight to look after my child."
This side of the actor is nothing like his stereotypical brooding hero image. "Just because I play thinking roles, doesn't mean I think all the time."