March 13, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Every time Abhishek Bachchan’s name is mentioned, the Hide and Seek director, Shawn Arranha goes misty-eyed. Shawn says he cannot forget what Abhishek has done for him. Ask him what makes him so sentimental about Abhishek and Shawn clams up.
It is Abhishek who finally sheds light on the great bonding with his buddy Apoorva Lakhia’s former assistant. “We were shooting for Apu’s first film, Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, when Shawn was assisting. We got to chatting and he told me about this short film he had made with his friends. I saw it and I was bowled over. I gifted Shawn a video camera and wished him lots of great shooting with it.”
Shawn adds, “Getting acknowledged by Abhishek meant so much to me I can never forget his gesture. I’ve used the video camera for everything that I’ve done so far including Hide and Seek.”
Shawn has used Abhishek’s gift to shoot all his short films. “I even shot some flashback portions and the film on the making of Hide and Seek with Abhishek’s camera.”
Shawn now considers the camera his lucky charm. “I don’t think I’ll ever make a film without using it.”
A special screening of Hide and Seek is being arranged for Abhishek and Aishwarya as soon as they get the time. But will the pair like a horror film?
“Hide and Seek is not a horror film. It’s a thriller,” asserts Shawn.
We shall see.
-Subhash K. Jha/ Sampurn Wire