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Esha Deol overcomes her fear of fire, courtesy: ‘Cakewalk’

While shooting for a critical scene for her forthcoming film Cakewalk, Bollywood actress Esha Deol overcame her fear of fire.
Esha Deol with Ram Kamal Mukherjee on the sets of Cakewalk

Not known to many that Bollywood actress Esha Deol Takhtani has had a fear of fire. She generally avoided scenes that involved igniting fire. While shooting for a very critical scene for her forthcoming film Cakewalk, director Ram Kamal Mukherjee wanted Esha to set flame to a cake, for which she had to pour alcohol on the cake and set it ablaze with the lighter. 

A source from the set informed, “Esha ensured that head chef Neelabh Sahay from Novotel Hotel Kolkata was present at the shoot, and she in fact asked the chef to demonstrate exactly how they set fire to the cake. After Neelabh Sahay showed her the process, she wanted director Ram Kamal to enact the scene exactly the way he wanted her to perform.” 

Also read: Esha Deol unveils her Bengali bride look for Cakewalk

When quizzed, Ram Kamal said, “Esha is a thorough professional, and did the scene exactly the way I had visualised it. It was a hand-held camera shot, and we were shooting it at a real location. It was a close-up shot, so we had cutters and other camera equipment, which were highly inflammable. So, we assured her that she will be safe, because it required her to bring her face close to the fire. Finally she did that particular shot in one take and everyone clapped. That’s a very crucial scene in the film.” 

Esha plays the role of a bakery chef Shilpa Sen who prepares a dish ‘Bombay Alaska’ (considered as one of the toughest to bake) in the film. “When Ram Kamal wanted me to do that scene, I was petrified. People think that I am a bindaas girl, but I am a big ‘fattu’ when it comes to fire. I’d rather be safe than sorry,” laughed Esha.

Eventually, when Neelabh and Ram Kamal demonstrated the scene a couple of times, Esha became confident enough to do the scene. “I liked the way cinematographer Pravatendu Mondol captured the moment. The challenge is that you have to flame the cake but ensure it shouldn’t  melt the cream. I guess that’s why it’s termed as the toughest to bake,” said  Esha.

Produced by Aritra Das, Shailendra Kumar and Dinesh Gupta, Cakewalk is slated for October release.

Also read: Hema Malini unveils the first look of daughter Eshas upcoming short film Cakewalk in London

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Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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JUST MARRIED! Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt tie the knot | Check pictures




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

The much awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding fans had been eagerly waiting for finally got solemnised today afternoon in the presence of close friends and family members at Ranbir’s residence ‘Vastu’ in Mumbai. Check out some pictures of the same…

Alia took to her social media to write, “Today, surrounded by our family and friends, at home … in our favourite spot – the balcony we’ve spent the last 5 years of our relationship – we got married.

With so much already behind us, we can’t wait to build more memories together … memories that are full of love, laughter, comfortable silences, movie nights, silly fights, wine delights and Chinese bites.
Thank you for all the love and light during this very momentous time in our lives. It has made this moment all the more special.
Ranbir and Alia ✨♥️”

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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