Comedian-turned-actor Vir Das does not shy away from speaking his mind — be it at his stand-up shows, in podcasts or in videos. He is also not worried about the consequences. “You can never tell how people will respond to your art,” says the 31-year-old, adding, “You just have to put it out there, and see [what] the response [is]. The worst thing that can happen to a comedian is when people don’t laugh. That’s far worse than what any government or anybody else can do. But I consider myself an intelligent person. I’m not a filthy comedian.”
Earlier this year, comedian Tanmay Bhatt got embroiled in a controversy after imitating Lata Mangeskar and Sachin Tendulkar in a SnapChat video. Does Vir feel that comedians cross the line sometimes? “All I’ll say about this is that it’s in bad form to talk about someone else’s art. I’m not going to do that,” responds the actor.
Watch: Vir Das’s comedy podcast
After films like Go Goa Gone (2013) and Mastizaade, Vir will be seen in an intense role in the upcoming film 31st October, which throws light on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. Speaking about the movie, he says, “I was three when the riots happened. There are stories of violence as well as heroism. That’s what this film brings to the table. I interacted with not just the victims, but also the person I am playing [in the film].”