Abhishek's gift to director of 'Hide & Seek'


By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, March 13 (IANS) Shawn Arranha, the director of the just- released film "Hide & Seek", can't get over the gift Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan had given him.

Shawn says he cannot forget what Abhishek has done for him. Ask him what makes him so sentimental about Abhishek and Shawn clams up.

Abhishek shed light on the great bonding with his buddy Apoorva Lakhia's former assistant.

"We were shooting for Apu's first film 'Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost' where Shawn was assisting. We got 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 said: "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 & 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 & 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 & Seek" is being arranged for Abhishek and Aishwarya as soon as they get the time.

But will the pair like a horror film?

"'Hide & Seek' is not a horror film. It's a thriller," asserts Shawn.