Mumbai: Bollywood's eternal dreamgirl Hema Malini unveiled the poster of her elder daughter Esha Deol Takhtani's first short feature film ‘Cakewalk’. Directed by debutant Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Abhra Chakraborty, the film depicts life of a chef Shilpa Sen, played by Esha Deol Takhtani. Produced by Dinesh Gupta, Shailendra Kumar and Aritra Das, the film will be released worldwide in August. Incidentally this will be India's first short film which will have an official poster launch in London. "I am extremely happy for my darling daughter Esha, and director Ram Kamal Mukherjee for their film ‘Cakewalk’. Ram Kamal recently wrote a book on me, and I was not even aware that Esha and he were planning this film. I was sure about Ram Kamal's aesthetic sense, because he has been a fine writer and author, that says a lot about his potential. I have seen Esha's look and few rushes, and I can definitely vouch that you will be happy to see her in a different avatar," says Hema Malini while addressing the British media in Montcalm Grand Ball Room in London, after unveiling the poster.
Speaking about her experience of working on the film, Esha Deol Takhtani says, "Being a journalist Ram Kamal was always prepared with his research about what question to be asked to me and all the stars so in Cakewalk as a director he had his homework in place. He knew the subject well which also convinced me to work with him. Also my relationship with Ram Kamal is more like a family friend, we knew each other since my debut when he is working with The Asian Age in Kolkata.With the kind of financial and time constraints the production team managed to pull this mammoth task is amazing. Also i must thank the whole production team who made me comfortable on the set."
The 10 feet poster has been exclusively shot by fashion photographer Suman Nandi, while Esha has been styled by Kareen Punjwani. The poster has been designed by Ekta Bhattacharya.
This 22 minute Hindi short marks Esha's return to Bollywood after marriage and motherhood. Produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments, the film also starts television heartthrob Tarun Malhotra and noted Bengali actress Anindita Bose. This movie also marks Bollywood debut of Siddharth Chatterjee, who is known for his role Topse in Satyajit Ray's Feluda - thriller series.
'Cakewalk' has been written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Chandrodoy Pal, while the music has been composed by Shailendra Sayanti. The title track of the movie has been rendered by Rupali Jagga and Shailendra Kumar. Cinematography by Pravatendu Mondol, the background has been scored by Prajna Dutta.
India's first Power Brand Film Journalist and biographer of Hema Malini's authorised biography Beyond The Dreamgirl, Ram Kamal Mukherjee makes his debut as filmmaker in Cakewalk. Ram Kamal received many prestigious awards as veteran Bollywood journalist and as an author in India. He worked with Pritish Nandy Communication for almost 12 Hindi feature film as Vice President. He co produced Hindi finite series Bin Kuch Kahe for Zee TV. Cakewalk has been shot entirely in Kolkata.
The film deals with an issue that most women across the globe will relate, mostly women from Asian countries. "I always wanted to work with Esha because she is a powerhouse of talent, and I would give entire credit to her for bestowing faith in me and my team," says director Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
Producer Aritra Das from Assorted Motion Pictures says, "It's definitely an honour for me, Shailendra ji and Dinesh ji, to get this privilege to showcase the first look of our maiden venture to people in London. Hema ji is a legend and we have grown up watching her films. It's definitely a dream come true for all of us to have 'dreamgirl' amongst us."