Some say that short films are basically just a pitch for a feature film or series. Some say it is a dying format. Some say it is high art. Whatever you may want to believe, one thing is undeniable - short films make an impact. Which is probably why Esha Deol Takhtani chose Ram Kamal Mukherjee's short film, Cakewalk, to make her comeback with. The journalist-turned-author-turned-director, Ram Kamal, recalls how it was Esha, and Esha's motivation, that led to him being the director of the film.
"I went ahead with my conviction and would give the entire credit to Esha Deol Takhtani for having that conviction in me. She could have chosen any big director or any filmmaker for her comeback vehicle. And it isn’t even that I wrote a book on Hema Malini that Esha readily agreed to do the film. Both women have their individual identities and are pretty headstrong in their own way. She trusted in me. She said that it since it is my story, I have to direct. Esha actually took me to the cliff and pushed me for me to realise that I have a pair of wings to fly on while I was walking all the way. It was she who made me fly."
Wondering what the film is all about? Hear it right from the director.
"Cakewalk is a journey of a female chef, Shilpa Sen. The story accounts for 18 hours of her day where the chef has to make a decision on a professional task that is somehow linked to her personal life. She goes through this turmoil while baking a cake. Which is why it’s called Cakewalk – which life isn’t."