Vir Das breaks silence over his controversial monologue ‘Two Indias’; ‘My job is to make people laugh’

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Published by Naushin Parveen on 22 Nov 2021

Vir Das is an Indian comedian, actor and comedy musician. After beginning a career in stand up comedy, Das moved to Hindi cinema starring in films like Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company and Go Goa Gone. In 2017, he acted in a Netflix  Special Abroad Understanding. He has written comedy columns for Femina, Maxim, DNA and the Tehalka. The 31 years old actor is from Dehradun and an alma mater of Knox College and Moscow Art Theatre.

Last week, Vir Das gained backlash for his ‘Two Indias’ monologue for his viral six minutes video which she performed in US. In the monologue he described the good and the bad in India, for which some people backlashed him for insulting India while few supported him for taking his stand.

Speaking exclusively to India Today the comedian remarked on Monday that it is his job to make people laugh and he’ll continue doing that. If someone doesn’t like his joke then that person should not laugh. He even told that to write the monologue he drives inspiration from his audience and he himself write the show with the intention to make people laugh. He strongly reflected his view by dating that India should have comedy clubs to “make people laugh and spread love”. Das also added that he had never faced censorship and have done three comedy specials with Netflix and the only purpose was to ‘go make people laugh’ and he was ‘okay’ with that.

In the video, Das highlighted some of the major issues in India like Covid19, rape cases, crackdown against Indian comedians and farmers’ protest. He brought forth the pros and cons of living in India which received immense amount of backlash, hatred and criticism.

Talking about his professional success, Vir Das’ comedy special on Netflix is nominated in the Comedy section at the 49th International Emmy Awards being held in New York on 23rd November.

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