Early this year the ‘Dhoom’ girl made her much talked about a comeback with Cakewalk, a short length Hindi feature film directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee. After winning almost 11 international awards and getting selected at more than 26 national and international festivals, Esha Deol is winning awards back home for her critically acclaimed role in Ram Kamal’s directorial debut.
Incidentally Esha’s father Dharmendra never wanted his daughter to enter the film industry. In fact, in Hema Malini’s biography Beyond The Dreamgirl, Esha confessed that Dharmendra had stopped talking to her for almost six months when she made her debut in Bollywood. After almost two decades when Dharmendra took to social media and congratulated Esha on her glorious victory as an actress, she felt it was extremely special. “Papa wished me for the first time for my work, and he had never seen any of my films. I guess Cakewalk is the first film that Papa watched and loved. For a daughter her father’s wish and blessings will always be the biggest award,” says Esha on an emotional note.
Mom Hema Malini also took social media to congratulate Esha on her glorious victory. “My mom has always been encouraging in all my endeavors. She is my constant force of energy and whatever I am today, is because of her love and guidance,” says dotting daughter Esha.
Cakewalk fetched many awards, apart from Best Short Film, Most Popular Short Film and Best Director Awards in India and abroad. “I have won several other awards and certificates from various festivals across the globe for this film.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t receive them personally because I was expecting Miraya and I already had little Radhya to take care. But I have treasured each and every trophy and certificates from this film,” says Esha.
Cakewalk went on to become India’s first short film to get premiered on satellite television and also the first film to be invited at BBC Studios in London.
Is it time for Esha to collaborate with director Ram Kamal for a sequel?