Amyra Dastur claims that her off-screen persona causes directors to underestimate her
Jogi, starring Diljit Dosanjh, was released last Friday to critical acclaim and viewer adulation. The film, which tells a fictional scenario set during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, has been praised for its authenticity and sensitivity. Aside from the harsh and frequently violent backdrop, Jogi contains a romance subplot that contributes to the backstory of the main character. In the film, Amyra Dastur plays Karmo, Jogi’s love interest. In an exclusive interview, the performer discusses why she agreed to the film despite having a minor role and what drew her to her character.
Amyra’s Karmo is Jogi’s college companion and later girlfriend. The figure appears primarily in a single flashback in the middle of the film, which is centered on the song Tafriyan. The actress claims she had no misgivings about taking on a minor job. “I’m not like that. People will remember even a one-minute part if it has an impact. So my concerns would never be about screen time or the number of lines. My whole concentration would be on the role’s impact. It should leave that impression on the viewers. “I’ve never aspired to be a wallflower.”
Amyra states about her character in the film, “I adored Karmo entirely.” She is a lot of fun and fearless. It was a nice narrative with this sweet interaction between these two characters. I’ve never played a character who is so free and happy as this one. In a nutshell, that was a major selling point for me. The setting and the story of the film, Amyra chimes in, were also positives. “The entire Jogi narrative captivated my interest because of how brilliantly three friends bind together and battle adversity at the time.” It was an extremely moving story. “Immediately after the narration, I said I wanted to be a part of this picture,” she says.
Amyra portrays an East Delhi girl from the early 1980s. She has also portrayed a variety of parts in her other films, all of which are completely different from her bright social media persona and glitzy image. According to the actor, her off-screen persona has frequently cast doubt on her acting ability, but she takes it in stride. Amyra says, “There have always been doubts, but I constantly request auditions to prove them my area of work.” I tell them, “Look, I’ve done it.” I’ve done roles ranging from innocent country girl to badass city dweller. You can’t claim that you can’t do it.”
However, her ambition to not be a wallflower in a film comes with the caveat of occasionally having to say no to huge pictures. It’s fine if you say no nicely and politely. You’d most likely blame time constraints. Everyone says no in this manner. You just have to be really careful. You are not required to insult anyone. It’s more about your personal preference not to align with someone, which is fine.”
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Kumud Mishra, and Hiten Tejwani also appear in Jogi. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is currently available on Netflix.
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