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Life couldn't be better for Shiny

Shiny Ahuja has a series of important films lined up for this year.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 17:59 IST

He got noticed for Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi and Kaal and has been rated as the next big thing. Shiney bagged the Star Screen Awards for the best debutant actor for Hazaron…. The actor is now looking forward to Anurag Bose’s Gangster.

"Working with a man of Mahesh Bhatt’s stature is an honour. He is an institution and has catapulted so many actors into stardom,” says Shiney.

The actor clarifies that Gangster is not about don Abu Salem. "The film has been inspired by stories of various gangsters. There is one phase where Salem’s story is used- his love for Monica Bedi. In Gangster, I am in love with Kangna. The story is divided into phases- a don in Mumbai, the police chasing him and the escape to Seoul," he says.

Shiney read a lot about gangsters. "Bhattsaab and the director, Anurag, were also of great help. Anurag is clear about what he wants to do. He has given the film a brilliant look. The promos are out and the response is very positive," he says.

The actor feels encouraged that people are talking highly of him. "I hope to do justice. I owe my success to Hazaron…. Whatever respect I have got is because of the film and its director, Sudhir Mishra," he says.

Shiney has several big projects coming up, including Mohit Suri’s Woh Lamhe based on Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi’s love story, Anurag’s Metro with Urmila Matondkar, a love story amidst loneliness in a city. "I am also doing Tanuja Chandra’s Rockin’ with Sushmita Sen, 60 per cent of which is complete and am looking forward to Kunal Kohli’s Fanaah with Aamir Khan, for which we will be shooting in Poland. Then there is another film with Mishra," he says.

The actor says it is interesting playing Mahesh Bhatt. "But we have to first sort out the period of the film. If that remains the same, I will have to play Bhattsaab as he was at that time. I hope to discuss it with him. If it is in the current context, however, I’d have to find out how he would behave in an age that’s changed," he says.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 18:00 IST