Actor Shiney Ahuja had everything that he perhaps needed to become a star in Bollywood – good looks, chiseled physic and, most importantly, a lot of talent. He started his acting career with a bang and starred in a number of critically and commercially successful films such as ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ (2005), ‘Gangster’ (2005), ‘Woh Lamhe’ (2006) and ‘Life in a Metro’ (2007). He was projected as the next big thing in the industry and was named one of the most eligible men in India. Everything was going hunky-dory for the actor until, in June 2009, destiny took a bad turn as his maid accused him of raping her in his Mumbai flat.
As the news broke out and sparked a debate over the plight and protection of domestic helps in India, everyone had something or the other to add to the incident. Some media outlets even went on reporting that the actor had admitted to having consensual sex with the maid but Shiney denied all such reports and said he had been framed. When the case reached court, the maid retracted her statement of having been raped and instead stated that the act of sex had been consensual. However, he trial court refused to accept the retraction and convicted the actor based on circumstantial evidence such as medical reports, bloodstains on her clothes and curtains and the fact that the hand of the actor was badly scratched.