Bengaluru often plays host to a bevy of Bollywood stars. The most recent one being Indian classical dancer cum Bollywood actor Esha Deol Takhtani who was in the city on Friday for the promotion of her forthcoming flick, Cakewalk, directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee. The flick, unlike most other Bollywood flicks, spans a meagre 23-minutes and is inspired from a real life story. The social media savvy mom gets chatty about expectations in life, and more.
Prior to her baby, Esha’s body of work was largely restricted to pure entertainers like Dhoom, Kaal, No entry, Shaadi No. 1 among a host of other flicks; but the Deol girl plans on being more choosy, and taking up relatable roles henceforth. Speaking of which, she believes Cakewalk could just be the comeback she has been on the lookout for. “I was approached with the script just five months after popping Radhya (her toddler daughter). It has a realistic yet happy-go-lucky vibe to it, and yet makes a great deal of sense. My character is assertive, strong, ambitious and pretty much possesses the traits of most new-age women. But, there’s an element of surprise that unravels, and I wish for people to figure it through an offering which doesn't even span half-an-hour,” shares Esha.
Despite having travelled extensively to Bengaluru, Esha's wide eyed about the traditional Southern fare of namma ooru. She chuckles, “I’ve always been curious about what exactly to try out in Bengaluru. I’ve been clueless as I’ve either spent time at friends’ places or with the unit, so what would you suggest?” The actress who is quite social media savvy, has been lying low on the work front. “I’d like to attribute the happiness and joy in my life to motherhood. It has made me more confident, and being a mother teaches you about unconditional love.”
Not quite the poster girl for fitness after pregnancy, Esha likes it that way. “I have people in my circle who go on diets the day after delivery. I think that is very wrong and I like striking a balance. And yes, I’m following a vegan way of being not to garner interest but because it helps me on a personal level.”
Unlike stars who shy away from social media, Esha is up for it and okay with the trolls. “I believe if someone is on social media, they should be immune to trolls and negativity. Actors need to be strong and take it in their stride, as these things don’t really matter.” On what’s next for the happy mommy, she says, “I’m prepping for an Indian classical dance ballet themed around the Ramayana. I’ve done a lot of Bollywood thumkas and stuff, but Indian classical dance is where my heart belongs.”...