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Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; July 6, 2017)
She may still be finding her feet in Bollywood, but Amyra Dastur is already set to turn entrepreneur. The actor, who was last seen in Jackie Chan-starrer Kung Fu Yoga, will open a Parsi restaurant in the city. “My brother [Jehangir Dastur] and I had dreamt of becoming chefs. My dream was to open a café in Goa. Once I started earning and saving, our conversations turned into business plans. Now that my brother has graduated from London’s Le Cordon Bleu, we’ve decided to set up a quaint Parsi restaurant in south Mumbai,” says Dastur.
The actor’s love for “ghar ka khaana” encouraged her to zero in on Parsi cuisine. “As kids, we would wait for festivals and weddings to feast on authentic Parsi dishes like patra ni machhi, dhansak chawal and papeta par eedu. Mumbai doesn’t have many restaurants that serve authentic Parsi food. Our plan is to come up with a fun, family- friendly eatery,” she says.
Dastur, who is currently working on an untitled Telugu film, admits that balancing her film career and restaurant will be difficult. “My brother and I will divide the work. I will be funding the business and plan to handle the marketing. He will take charge of the menu and kitchen. We are hoping to put together a strong team,” she says.