Not known to many that Esha Deol Takhtani has fear for fire. She generally avoids scenes that would ignite 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 informs, “Esha made sure that head chef Neelabh Sahay from Novotel 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.”
When quizzed, director Ram Kamal said, “Esha is a thorough professional, and did the scene exactly the way I had visualized 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 inflamable. 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 shot in one take and everyone clapped. That’s a very crucial scene in the film.”