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Vir Das' funny view to Indian history

Forget your school textbooks as comedian Vir Das attempts to rewrite India’s journey through time. Stand-up comedian and actor, Vir Das has been shower-practicing for over six hours everyday. At work, he speaks animatedly into a hairbrush, as if it’s a mic.

art and culture Updated: Nov 13, 2010 15:33 IST
Megha Mahindru

Stand-up comedian and actor, Vir Das has been shower-practicing for over six hours everyday. At work, he speaks animatedly into a hairbrush, as if it’s a mic. “Stand-up is all about practicing and getting it right. I’ll be mimicking as many as 200 voices in a single show,” says Das, who is currently working on

History of India (HOI)

that premieres on November 14 in the city.



Rewriting history or as Das likes to call it, Vir-iting history, has taken him over a year and a half of research. “I’ve always been a huge History Channel buff. It’s an interesting repository of information,” he says. “I’m most excited over this project. My parents are amused to see their son, who flunked exams, now reading so much. I think I’ve studied more for this show than any exam.”



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History of India captures events that made the nation, from a light-hearted perspective, from the courts of Babar and Humayun to Mohenjodaro and Harappa civilisations. “It’s not India with snake charmers and cows on the road. It’s India as it is and as we see it— a country that hosted the CWG and welcomed Barack Obama recently,” he says. Das plans to steer clear of stereotypes.



Das has performed his stand-up comedy shows all over the country. Since his last travelling show in 2009,

Walking On Broken Das

, the comic has been busy “funnying up” scripts for films like

Badmaash Company

and even speeches for stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan for award shows.



However, rewriting history can undoubtedly be a daunting task. And to meddle with the history of a country where people find it difficult to laugh at themselves, is nothing short of humour-homicide. “It’s probably the riskiest show I’ve ever done,” says Das. “People in India are touchy and can be offended by almost anything. So I’ve tried to handle the subject intelligently, just echoing thoughts that people have been secretly harbouring. The first three minutes will decide whether I’ll be running a show or running for my life.”

History Of India- VIRitten on November 14, 7.30 pm at Sophia Bhabha Auditorium. Log on to www.bookmyshow.com