Sceptical if any filmmaker will approach me: Shiney

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2011, 13:31 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiney Ahuja, whose career received a body blow after he was accused of raping his maid, says that he is sceptical about filmmakers approaching him for their projects.

Shiney, who made a name for himself in B-town with films like `Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi` and `Gangster`, was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Mumbai fast track court for raping his maid in 2009. The actor is currently out on bail after he challenged the sentence in the Bombay High Court.

He is now making a comeback in Bollywood with Bharat Shah`s horror film `Ghost` after a gap of three years.

On whether he would be able to score again with film-makers Shiney told reporters, "I don`t know if anybody will call me... maybe somebody will. I am waiting for the film to release. I would approach people whom I am in touch with like Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Basu and few others and love to work with them."

"From the industry everybody I have worked with, like Anurag, Sudhir and now Bharat Shah have stood by me. I don`t know what would have happened if I did not have this film," he
said.

`Ghost` would see the 37-year-old actor share screen space with actress Sayali Bhagat. The film made by producer-turned director Puja Jatinder Bedi, hits cinema houses today.

There were reports stating that even director Puja and co-actress Sayali made allegations of sexual harassment against Shiney. However, Sayali later clarified that nothing of that sort happened.

"Initially... I couldn`t explain or express my reaction. More than my reaction I was just praying to God that does not come in print tomorrow. If it comes in print, I thought I would get up early... my 60-year-old dad goes for walk. If he reads it I don`t know how much more he could take. I was very very worried about him," Shiney said.

"But then I realised that may be in the past two years several things have been written about me to which I have said that I have not done... news comes in and so does the apology, but then the damage is done," he said.

"When time is not good then there is nothing one can do. I cannot blame one person or community or family... they have gone through a lot. When things are like that one cannot do anything," Shiney concluded.

PTI