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The Cake Story

THE CAKE STORY is a heart warming and fun tale of, 6-year old Monu who is left to spend the day with his father on his birthday till his mother returns from Jabalpur in the evening. Although the mother has pre-booked and arranged for everything for the party there is still a lot that has to be done. Birthday decorations, co ordination with the caterers and most importantly to get the birthday cake from the bakery.
Monu’s day starts well with his father waking him up to a fun treasure hunt to find his birthday gift – an exciting origami book that he always wanted. But the excitement doesn’t last for long as the series of events that follow after, leave Monu disappointed and doubtful about his father handling the birthday party.
And the series of hilarious and unfortunate events start with the much awaited French Toast for the ‘Special birthday breakfast’ getting burnt. This is followed by Monu’s father’s car refusing to start and them ending up in a taxi whose driver refuses to take them to MG Road.
Sadly things do not stop here. After reaching MG Road Monu’s father realizes that he has forgotten the receipt at home and is unable to get through his wife’s phone either. And just when he thinks a Dial Service information Centre could help his phone battery dies.
However much to his father’s relief Monu tells him that he knows where the cake shop is. But the address that Monu tells his father is perhaps one of the most obscure addresses ever in the history of addresses if one is ever written. He tells him that the cake shop that they are looking for is near rocket nana’s house where the footpath has holes. And on being asked who is rocket nana and where is the footpath some more obscure answer follows.
And this highly obscure piece of information lead the father and son duo to a some really fun encounters as they set out on their search for Bombay Bakery where lies Monu’s Smiley Chocolate Cake.

  • Rukshana Tabassum
  • Children’s Film Society, India
  • Ballu Panchal
    Key Cast
  • Vinay Pathak
    Key Cast
  • Kishore Pradhan
    Key Cast
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    28 minutes 57 seconds
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    May 25, 2017
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  • Children's Film Society, India
    Country: India
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - RUKSHANA TABASSUM

Rukshana Tabassum is a film maker painter and trained classical dancer. She specialized in direction from FTII Pune and has been working in various capacities in the Film Industry in Mumbai.

She has shot digital ads for prestigious brands like Asian Paints Godrej and Orissa Tourism. Her short films ‘Adharottar’ and ‘Mission Sunday’ have been a part of many prestigious film festivals in India and abroad.

She loves travelling and has acute interest in Mythology and Culinary arts. Currently she lives in Mumbai and is working on her feature film for children which is based in Assam.

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Director Statement

Childhood and Old age has always fascinated me.I love how similar these two stages in human’s life are that brings life to a full circle. The idea of my film ‘The Cake Story’ germinated from my memories with my grandma and my close interaction with children when I was teaching in my mother’s school during my college vacations as a young girl. Through the narrative of my film I have tried to explore the innocence and playfulness of childhood and old age which we tend to loose as an adult.

The Cake Story revolves around a 8-year old boy who is looking for his birthday cake in this big city with his middle aged father on his birthday. The child is excited about new beginnings.

Set against the backdrop of Mumbai this story tries to pay a tribute to – the old city of Mumbai, its art deco monuments, the Parsi bakeries which are dying slowly and the Padmini Fiat taxis more popularly known as kaali peeli which are almost on the verge of being extinct.

So Cake story is a homage to everything new and old that co exists in this world.