Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Jogi launched final Friday to important acclaim and reward from viewers. The movie, which tells a fictional story set across the anti-Sikh violence in Delhi in 1984, has been applauded for its realism and sensitivity. Apart from the extreme and infrequently violent setting, Jogi has a romantic subplot which feeds into the titular character’s again story. Amyra Dastur performs Kammo, Jogi’s love curiosity within the movie. In an unique interplay, the actor opens up about why she mentioned sure to the movie regardless of a small position, and what drew her to her character. (Also Read | Diljit Dosanjh was very sombre: Ali Abbas Zafar on Jogi’s hair cutting scene; told crew ‘lock your cameras, leave’)
In Jogi, Amyra’s character Kammo is Jogi’s school mate and later girlfriend. The character seems largely in a single single flashback in the course of the film, centred across the tune Tafriyan. The actor says she had no reservations about taking over a small position. “I have never been somebody who thinks like that. I feel that people will remember even a one-minute role if it’s impactful. So, my issues would never be about screen time or amount of lines. My entire focus would be on the impact of the role itself. It should leave the audience with that memory. I have never wanted to be a wallflower.”
Talking about her character within the movie, Amyra says, “I just loved Kammo completely. She is really fun, fearless. It was a sweet story featuring this sweet interaction that happens between both these characters. I have never played a character like this, who is so absolutely free and happy. For me, that was a very big draw.” And after all, the movie’s setting and plot was an added benefit, Amyra provides. “The entire story of Jogi captured my attention because of how amazingly that three friends bond together and face adversity at that time. It was a very touching story. Right after the narration itself, I said I really want to be a part of this film in any way I can,” she provides.
In Jogi, Amyra performs a middle-class East Delhi woman from the early Eighties. In her different movies too, she has performed various roles, very completely different from her vibrant social media persona and glam picture. The actor says her off display screen picture has usually raised doubts about her performing capabilities however she takes it in her stride. “There have always been doubts but I always ask for auditions to show them my scope of work as well,” says Amyra. “I say listen I have done it. I have played a village girl and a badass character as well. You can’t say you can’t do it.”
But along with her dedication to not be a wallflower in a movie comes the caveat of getting to say no to huge movies at instances. The actor laughs and replies, “It is very difficult because you can’t offend anyone also. If you say no nicely and politely, it’s ok. You would probably cite date reasons. That is how everyone says no. You just have to be very smart about it. You don’t have to offend anybody. It’s more about your personal choice not aligning with someone, which is ok.”
Jogi additionally stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Kumud Mishra, and Hiten Tejwani. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie is presently streaming on Netflix.