Avinash Arun is an Indian cinematographer who has worked on the film Vees Mhanje Vees and made his Bollywood cinematography debut with the critically acclaimed film Masaan. He is also known for directing the critically acclaimed film, Killa. Avinash, who grew up in several places due to his father’s transferable job, pursued English literature at the University of Pune before joining FTII, Pune for a course in cinematography. He started his career as a cinematographer in 2012 with the short film The Doubty Dhoble: You Not Drink. He followed it up with more short films like Geek Out (2013), That Day After Everyday (2013), Friday Night (2012) and Chasing the Rainbow (2013). He worked on the short films Six Strands (2011) and Aida (2011). In 2012, he worked as the cinematographer for the short film Allah is Great by Andrea Iannetta. The subsequent year, the film won the Student Jury award in the short film competition at the Krakow Film festival. The story revolves around a Danish engineer who is on his way to Nairobi from a remote Indian village. During his journey, he comes across a taxi driver, Salim, and the two contrasting lives intertwine. The film also won a special mention at the National Film Awards and was a part of the Gulf Film Festival. In 2014, he worked on his first feature-length film, Uday Bhandarkar’s Vees Mhanje Vees. The same year, Arun put on the director’s cap for the critically acclaimed film Killa. The film earned him the Crystal Bear Award and received a special mention at the Berlin Film festival, 2014 in the Generation KPlus category. Dhaware’s next, Masaan (2015), won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival and received a standing ovation from the audience. He is also the cinematographer of the Ajay Devgan-Tabu starrer thriller Drishyam.