She might be having the best time of her life shooting with Jackie Chan for he r forthcoming film ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ but away from the arc lights, Am yra Dastur is a travel junkie. Her wanderlust often takes her to beautiful places and she seems to ha ve cracked the code to balancing shoots with travel. Recently, Amyra had the opportunity to explore varied destinations and cultures in Beijing, Iceland and Jodhpur. Sashidhar Adivi peeps in for a dekko
Amyra sure knows how to make the most of her time on or off screen. The actress, an avid traveler, has explored diverse countries recently when she was done with the day’s shoot. At times her co-star Jackie Chan has also accompanied the actress in her escapade. Since she was shooting for long schedules, the ‘Anegan’ actress has been able to plan her trips to the touristy and adventure spots.
“During my stay in Beijing, I also indulged in a lot of shopping and explored the local markets. I bought bangles, shawls, bags, leather jackets, artifacts, and a couple of beautiful silk scarves. I explored the culture and savored some local cuisine. Must say, Beijing is just perfect for a girl who loves history and shopping. I was quite fulfilled on both fronts! From Beijing, I went to Iceland for my next schedule in February and it couldn’t have been more exotic.”
GREAT WALL OF CHINA
I joined the crew at Beijing in December and that’s when I started shooting for the film till January. It was my first trip to China and in between my schedule breaks, I got the opportunity to visit Great Wall of China. It was an outstanding feeling to just stand in front of the largest man made monument ever! Just looking at the colossal construction was an overwhelming experience. It was a breathtaking heritage structure spanning 21,196.18 km and it’s incredible that they built this in 206 BC!
The weather was just perfect to chill out, quite literally! I made the most of the freezing temperatures and headed for the city’s central lakes for some frosty fun, with a difference. It is a two-hour drive from my hotel. In winters, the water turns into ice. So it’s absolutely awesome to walk on it. There isn’t any specific outfit we need to sport, apart from the snow gear.
Since we came directly from Beijing, which was also a frozen p lace, we did not have much difficulty shooting in Iceland. Initially, my hands frosted a little bit because of the ice but later I got used to it. We were eating a lot of carbs to keep ourselves warm, so even the diet had changed. It was fascinating to learn that Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts – A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun, a country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture.
I went Glacier Climbing for the first time in my life. It was for one of the scenes in the film and the experience was surreal. Jackie Chan and I had a lot of fun shooting for that episode. We also shot in an ice cave, which was filled with snow and I went crazy. Iceland has now become my favorite place in the world. It’s just amazing and I have no words to describe it. The sky is so clear, the air so fresh, everything is frozen and it’s white all around you and it’s like you are walking in a sea of white. It makes you feel like you are in the snow globe. We shot at the same location where Interstellar, Game of Thrones and Fast and Furious were filmed.
Iceland is not just an ethereal destination. It is also an adrenaline pumping adventure. The beauty of the rugged landscape and the creativity of the Icelandic people, add to the charm.
“From freezing Iceland, we landed straight in the `The Sun City’ of India! What a contrast! I saw sights that made me realize why it is called `Incredible India’. Jodhpur was founded b y Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459 and hence the name. The second largest city in Rajasthan, it is divided into two parts – the old city and the new city . The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it. Also it has eight Gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city . We visited a few palaces where we shot. It was beautiful!
With all the extreme climates I was subjecting m y body to, I fell sick! I guess it is bound to happen – the tem perature was 36 degrees in Jodhpur! But that was a minor price to pa y. I would do it all over again if given a second chance. But then, nothing is ever the same the second time, right? So I will cherish this once -in-a-lifetime experience forever.”