Short Film Review: ‘Cakewalk’

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Esha Deol Takhtani made her on-screen comeback in ‘Cakewalk’, a short film helmed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Abhra Chakraborty.

The story of the film surrounds Deol’s character Shilpa Sen, who was a runner-up of a ‘Masterchef’ season. She is trying to raise Rs. 2 lakhs as she’s not able to make ends meet. When a cake competition arrives pretty much on her doorstep at her hotel chef job, she does her best to win it in order to win the prize money of the amount she’s trying to raise.

The film is heart-warming and creates a rather lovely world in the short-film format. Sen’s character is easy to indentify with and one realises how much Deol Takhtani is missed in cinema through this role. The back story of her character and circumstances unravels bit by bit and you eventually get to a point where you can see clearly why she’s made the choices she’s made.

The story is very well-written by Mukherjee and Chandrodoy Pal and it translates beautifully on screen. Apart from Deol Takhtani, the other characters in the cast including Tarun Malhotra, Anindita Bose and debutante Siddharth Chatterjee play their roles well and add to the already strong narrative, albeit light-hearted.

The overall messages of the film are aplenty and are delivered in a positive spirit without the directors or story showing anyone in particular at fault anywhere. This is perhaps the film’s strong-point and the ultimate success of the story.

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