Standup comedian-turned-actor Vir Das, whose solo Jaa Chudail in Delhi Belly is making waves, says the number has made him realise the power of Hindi film songs.
“With this song, I have understood the power that Hindi film songs wield... what a solo song can do for you as an actor. When I heard people calling me ‘Chudail’ I was disturbed and flattered at the same time,” says the 32-year-old, adding: “Shooting solo for a Bollywood song was a big high for me. It was a crazy dance number.” The song, choreographed by Farah Khan, sees Vir dressed in a latex outfit, grooving to dance moves inspired by the 80’s look of actor Mithun Chakraborty and singer Elvis Presley.
“When I got to know that Farah is choreographing the song, I was terrified. The only thought I had in mind was to meet her standards,” says Vir. This funny man, however, will not be seen tickling the funny bone in the film. His character, Arup, works with an ad agency, gets dumped by his girlfriend, harassed by his boss and has to shave of his curly mop of hair.
“I play a graphic designer who is very frustrated. All horrible things happen to him,” says Vir. “I have played a character who is happy, witty and active. But, I wanted to try other things and hence did it,” he adds. Produced by Aamir Khan Productions and directed by Abhinay Deo, the film — an adult comedy, starring Imran Khan, Vir, Kunal Roy Kapur, and Shehnaz Treasurywala — will hit theatres on July 1.