Assistant directors are seldom well-known but Shawn Arranha,30,has fought his way out of obscurity after assisting a series of directors on movies like Lakshya,Mission Istanbul and Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Arranha has put together his own ensemble cast of former Miss India- Earth Amruta Patki and fringy actors like Arjan Bajwa and Ayaz Khan for a suspense-thriller Hide And Seek that releases on February 19. As AD of a film one is executing the directors vision. As director myself,I have to make my own decisions, says Arranha.
The plot is slightly hackneyed,about a group of six friends whose dodgy past eventually catches up and leads to deadly consequences. Suspense thrillers follow the same format but I feel I have treated it differently, says Arranha,who counts the experience of working on Apoorva Lakhias film Shootout at Lokhandwala as the most enriching of his career so far. I learnt to organise my shoots properly and maintain production budgets. Next,I hope to do a traditional romantic-comedy, he signs off.