Last seen in the 2011 movie Tell Me O Kkhuda, actress Esha Deol is set to begin her second inning in showbiz, with an upcoming short film called Cakewalk. To be helmed by debutant Ram Kamal Mukherjee, the movie will see Deol in the role of a chef.

Esha reveals that Mukherjee got the idea of making Cakewalk while he was authoring a book on her mother Hema Malini. “The idea of making a film came into Ram Kamal’s mind while he was interviewing me for his book on my mother.”

“I always wanted to tell a story, it was just a matter of time,” says Ram Kamal. “It was actually Esha who inspired me to direct the film.”

Abhra Chakraborty, who has previously assisted National Award winning Bengali filmmaker Bappaditya Bandhopadhya in Elar Chaar Adhyay, will co-direct the film with Ram Kamal Mukherjee. “I have heard about dada (Ram Kamal) from Bappada. After Bappada’s sudden demise when I suddenly got a call from him to collaborate on a Hindi film, I immediately agreed,” says Abhra.

Model-turned-actor Tarun Malhotra will play the male lead in the short film. Talking about his selection, Ram Kamal says, “I met Tarun during my Stardust days, and since then I have seen his growth as a talent. He has worked with filmmakers like Pradeep Sarkar and Gaurie Shinde in commercials and played an antagonist in Jaanbaz Sindabad in ZEE TV. I wanted someone who can look young and matured at the same time.”

Cakewalk, which is being produced by Dinesh Gupta, Shailendra Kumar and Aritra Das, under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and S.S One Entertainments, will be shot extensively in Kolkata.