How Amyra Dastur became the unofficial translator on Prassthanam and Mental Hai Kya sets

Amyra Dastur, who has previously acted in South Indian films, became an unofficial translator on the sets of her next two Hindi movies, Prassthanam and Mental Hai Kya. The directors of both the movies are from Telugu industry and many of the crew members are from Hyderabad. So, Amyra would help her co-stars to understand what the crew said. “I feel like I have a slight upper hand,” she says, adding that she would also use this to prank on her co-stars. 

Recalling an instance, she says, “In Prassthanam, the DOP, Ravi Yadav speaks Telugu and so does director Deva Katta. I would tell Ali (Fazal) to do the exact opposite of what Ravi would say. I had once told Ali that Deva wants to add more scenes to our daily schedule and he actually sat and practised the ones I had mentioned. At the end of the day, when he asked Deva why we weren’t filming any of those particular scenes, he realised what I was doing,” She jests that Ali might take revenge for her prank. Not only that, now no one believes her when she tells the truth.