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Vir Das, Nikhil Advani team up for a comedy

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 02, 2013
First Published: 14:41 IST(2/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:02 IST(4/7/2013)

Duo to collaborate on a film that will go on the floors early next year; the comic-actor who has written the script also plays one of the leadsWth his last two films, Delhi Belly (2011) and Go Goa Gone, Vir Das has positioned himself as an actor who plays wacky characters on screen.

And now, he is all set to turn writer as well as producer with a collaborative project with filmmaker Nikhil Advani. Their respective production companies, Weirdass Productions and Emmay Entertainment, have teamed up to produce what Vir calls a “high concept comedy.”

Explains Nikhil, “It all happened over breakfast. I wanted to rope in Vir to feature in the video of the song, ‘Duma dum’ (D-Day) because I loved the way he danced in ‘Jaa chudail’ (Delhi Belly). So he came in, heard the song, loved it but said that he didn’t have dates.”  Adds Vir: “Yes, like all good item girls, I didn’t have dates.”The breakfast turned out to be a creative event for the two of them. “Within one-and-a-half hours, I narrated three scripts to Nikhil."

To this, Nikhil adds, “He told me that while one is crazy, another is mad and the third one is stupid. I am amazed how he comes up with such crazy ideas.” For now, the two are going ahead with the “stupid” story. They plan to make the other two films after wrapping up the first one.

"If you have the right team and ideas, you can make any kind of film. And when it comes to high concept comedies, I feel they are the flavour of the season,” says Vir, who will play one of the leads in the film which is likely to go on the floors  in January next year. “The story is about three young people and their discovery of life,” says Advani.

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