Issaq: Prateik has no ego hassles, says Amyra Dastur
While Amyra Dastur sounds upbeat about her upcoming film 'Issaq', she can't conceal the fear of fame jeopardizing her privacy and getting used to peering eyes and prying questions.
New Delhi: Actress Amyra Dastur, who doesn't engage in uninhibited talk in a group of unfamiliar faces, sallies forth into the world of glamour like a feminine and effective Juliet. While the Bollywood debutant sounds upbeat about her upcoming film 'Issaq', she can't conceal the fear of fame jeopardizing her privacy and getting used to peering eyes and prying questions. "Honestly speaking, I'm not prepared to forego my privacy. Since my childhood, I have been a private person. That's why I get bugged when people try to get too inquisitive and enter my personal space," she chuckles.
And Amyra's inability to learn how to deal with a life in a fishbowl has also begun to cause stress to her family. "My mother and cousins are extremely worried for me. They know I'm one of those who find contentment in being at home. Since they know how easily nosy outsiders irk me, they are anxious about this new phase."
While these fears emerge from leading a life wherein personal details are easily displayed to the world to see and comment on, Amyra is far more secure about her Bollywood plans. "I'd be lying if I say I wasn't scared in the initial stages. However, with time I have realized those who are anxious don't get the second chance. Since I neither have a godfather, nor a backup plan, I don't have the luxury to fear," she says.
Amyra, bagged the lead role in 'Issaq', which revolves around the two lovers who are born to detest, courtesy their families' hostility, because of her headstrong nature. This trait is also a part of Juliet's persona. For the uninitiated, Manish Tiwary's 'Issaq' is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and set in Varanasi.
While speaking about her work experience with Prateik in 'Issaq', she says, "Working with Prateik was a lot of fun. He was kind, unbelievable and had no ego issues. This could be because we both belong to the same age group. Initially, I was a little scared as he is a celebrity. So I didn't know what the experience would be like. But the comfort zone set in after we attended the dialect workshop."
Amyra also admits to following superstitions because she believes tempting fate can increase the probability of negative results. "Not too long ago a relative accompanied me to an event. Just when she was about to open an umbrella, I stopped her. For it is believed that opening an umbrella in a closed space bring bad luck. Similarly, walking under the ladder is also considered inauspicious. I also avoid discussing my work plans in advance as it might prove detrimental," she explains.
Amyra, who'd be content with friends and acquaintances saying, 'We believed in you' after they watch 'Issaq', isn't comfortable posing in the buff or doing bold scenes. "I wouldn't like to do films which expect me to show skin. If it is within my comfort zone, I have no problems. If it is about wearing bikinis that's fine for I have worn them even when I'm holidaying. But if it is about nudity, it is a strict no. I don't understand how a person, who doesn't look even good while doing such things, be comfortable with it?"