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Vir Das

Vir Das is an Indian comedian, YouTuber, actor, musician, producer, and entrepreneur. He is well known for appearing in the Indian films Delhi Belly (2011) and Go Goa Gone (2013) and the American television series Whiskey Cavalier (2019).

Wiki/Biography

Vir Saran Das was born on Thursday, 31 May 1979 (age 42 years; as of 2021) in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh (now in Uttarakhand), India. In 1981, his parents moved to Lagos in Nigeria, Africa, where he spent his childhood.

Childhood picture of Vir Das (in his mother's lap) with his family in 1979 in India

Childhood picture of Vir Das (in his mother’s lap) with his family in 1979 in India

He grew up studying in boarding schools in India as the schools in Nigeria weren’t good. At the age of nine, he attended The Lawrence School – Sanawar, near Shimla. Later, he enrolled in Delhi Public School, where he pursued Class XI. Since his school days at Sanawar, he actively participated in debates, drama, and athletics, but he was terrible at academics. In an interview, he revealed that he was a rebellious child during his school days. He said,

This was hard on me, since I was individualistic. I wouldn’t shut up. I was the kid being beaten up but talking through the beating.

He discovered his oratory skills at the age of 12 when during a debate interjection round, he took to the mic and cracked a joke. During his holidays, he visited Lagos, where his parents lived in a well-guarded compound consisting of seven houses. Then, Nigeria was home to several Indian expatriates. Due to the disturbed law and order situation in Africa, Indians were recommended to stay indoors, therefore, Vir Das spent his time watching movies from the video library. While recalling his childhood memories of Nigeria in an interview, he said,

There were many Indians there with a rich Indian cultural association. But the law and order was bad, so you had to stay indoors with a lot of armed guards at the gate and a lot of drivers…That meant that you couldn’t ride a bike outside, so it was a bit of a closed living. It meant that you don’t drive fancy cars or wear jewels in Africa as you could be robbed.”

A picture of Vir Das, along with his sister, Trisha, in their family home in Nigeria in 1989

A picture of Vir Das, along with his sister, Trisha, in their family home in Nigeria in 1989

When Vir Das was 16, his parents moved back to Delhi after witnessing the deteriorating political and financial situation of Africa. While talking about his parents return to India in an interview, he said,

When we first went there in 1981, a naira was a dollar-and-a- half, but by the time we left Nigeria, a dollar was probably equal to 120 nairas. That was the journey where it just got worse and worse. Years later, my parents finally moved back to Delhi when there was an emergency in Nigeria and president No. 5 got assassinated and everybody decided, okay it’s time to leave.”

Growing up he used to watch American collegiate films like Dead Man On Campus (1998) and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002), which intrigued him to pursue studies in America. He enrolled himself in Sri Venkateswara College in New Delhi through sports quota, playing basketball. Halfway through Sri Venkateswara College, he went to Illinois, to pursue his graduation. He did a double major in economics and theatre from Knox College. Knox had a yearly fee of $26,000. Vir Das sponsored $20,000 through scholarships and convinced his father to sponsor $6000 by agreeing to his father’s condition to opt for a double major. In the first year of his college, he started playing the guitar and sometimes, he even earned money via playing the guitar on the streets.

A picture of Vir Das playing the guitar in his college days

A picture of Vir Das playing the guitar in his college days

At Knox, he scored poor grades and felt exhausted by the tough acting programme by the fourth year. He wanted to make a career in a field that was organic and free-flowing. Also, since childhood, he was intrigued by the work of the American comedian Bill Cosby. Therefore, for his thesis at Knox, he wrote a 60-minute show called ‘Brown men can’t hump,’ which was offensive towards the acting and the drama faculty.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8½”

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Vir Das

Family

Parents & Siblings

Vir Das’s father, Ranu Das, worked as a manager for a poultry farm in Uttar Pradesh from where he later secured a job in a food processing company in Lagos, Nigeria. His mother, Madhur Das, worked as a teacher in Dehra Dun and Delhi. While talking about his paternal and maternal family in an interview, he said,

Everyone on my father’s side is in government service. Most of my mother’s relatives worked for the government-run railways. Lagos offered my parents an adventure abroad. They jumped at it.”

Vir Das' mother

Vir Das’ mother, Madhur Das

When she shifted to Africa with her husband, she took up a course in mass communication. After coming back to India, in 1995, she ventured into filmmaking with her daughter, Trisha Das, who worked as a director for their documentary films. In 2005, their documentary film ‘Fiddlers on the Thatch,’ about the children of Kalimpong, won a National Film Award in three categories. When Trisha got married and moved to Singapore, Madhur started working for the World Wildlife Fund as a director, and then, she became a TV newsreader. Later, Madhur started working at U.N Environment India. Trisha is four years older than him. She has directed and written over 40 films and her work has been broadcast and screened at various fora, including the Discovery Channel, the Star Network, the Doordarshan channels and several international film festivals.

Vir Das with his sister

Vir Das with his sister, Trisha

Wife & Children

In October 2014, he got married to his longtime girlfriend Shivani Mathur, who is the owner of an event management company, in Sri Lanka. As of 2021, the couple lives in a three-bedroom apartment in Pali Hill, Mumbai.

Vir Das and Shivani Mathur

Vir Das and Shivani Mathur

Relationships/Affairs

Since 2011, he was in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend, Shivani Mathur. The couple made acquaintance when Shivani gatecrashed Vir Das’ house warming party, a week after he moved to Mumbai. At the party, their mutual friends introduced them. In 2014, in an interview, when Vir Das was asked who was the most attached to in his life, he said,

Shivani. She is my reality. She is the one person who will tell me if my joke sucks, though, of course, she proudly finds me hilarious…She is fiercely intelligent and loyal and one of those people who can make me laugh.”

Career

After completing his course at Knox, he pursued various odd jobs like a security guard, building painter, dishwasher, and banquet bartender in Chicago, meanwhile, trying his hand at acting and stand-up comedy. He also joined a bank in Chicago soon after graduation, but later, he dropped the finance job to pursue theatre. While recalling the days when he was struggling at open mics, in an interview, he said,

I was booed off, 11 weeks in a row,’ he smiles. ‘I was saying, “Hey, you know what’s funny about cockroaches?” and I got slaughtered. In week 12, I had a meltdown: “You Americans are just stupid, ignorant hicks! You have no idea how important Indians are. We drive your taxis, we sell your newspapers, we sell you condoms and food, our doctors check your wives and children! Without Indians you’d be starving, stranded, sexually sterile and stupid!” And I got my first laugh.”

In 2003, he secured himself an assignment and he came back to Indian to perform a show for The Times of India at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi. In the following years, he hosted many Times Food Guide Awards, and simultaneously, he worked as a VJ at Zoom. His first stint in the cinema was as a junior artiste in a film starring Rishi Kapoor. Later, he became the host for a late-night show, which targeted the corporate world on a business channel. He quit his job in 2007.

Standup

Soon after hosting the late-night show targeting the corporate world, Vir Das became a corporate comedian and began earning a decent income. In 2007, he decided to become a full-time comedian. Hence, he quit his job in 2007 and started performing his stand-up set ‘Walking on Broken Das.’

Walking on Broken Das

To get some exposure, he made a DVD of his standup comedy, titled it ‘Viagra,’ and distributed six copies to different video libraries. Luckily, those DVD’s came to the notice of the Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra and Aamir Khan Productions via two assistant directors who had rented them. Consequently, he started his acting career in Bollywood. In 2013, he started an eponymous YouTube channel, where he uploaded videos of his numerous standup sets. In November 2021, he accumulated criticism for his monologue titled ‘Two Indias,’ which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Shows

  • Walking on Broken Das (2007)
  • History of India: VIRitten (2010)
  • Battle of Da Sexes (2014)
  • Vir Das: Manic Man (2021)

Television

He made his acting debut with the 2006 American adventure fantasy television film ‘The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb’ in which he played the role of Jabari.

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006)

In 2008, he played the recurring role of a call centre operator in the British-Indian comedy series ‘Mumbai Calling,’ which first aired on British free-to-air television network ITV. Later, it also aired on the Australian national public television network ABC TV. In 2019, he played the role of a CIA agent named Jai Datta in the American action comedy-drama television series ‘Whiskey Cavalier,’ broadcasted by ABC.

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In 2020, he made an appearance in the episode titled “The Magic Motor Inn” of the American sitcom ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ as DC, an Indian immigrant, along with Preity Zinta. Vir Das and Preity played the parents of a girl who is a schoolmate of the protagonist, Eddie Huang.

Bollywood

After establishing his career in standup comedy, Vir Das ventured into Bollywood after securing two auditions when his DVD’s titled ‘Viagra,’ featuring his standup comedy, landed up at the desks of Aditya Chopra and Aamir Khan Productions. Within the following six weeks, he auditioned and secured roles in the films ‘Badmaash Company’ and ‘Delhi Belly.’ He made his debut with the 2007 romantic comedy film ‘Namastey London’ in which he played the role of Prospective Groom No. 2, a crazy obsessed statistician living in Hyderabad.

Vir Das in the film Namastey London (2007)

Vir Das in Namastey London (2007)

He played the role of Chandu in the 2010 crime comedy film ‘Badmaash Company.’ Set in 1994, the film narrated the story of three young boys, Karan, Zing and Chandu, belonging to middle-class families, who graduate from college and go for a trip to Bangkok, Thailand, where they meet Bulbul and establish a business together.

Badmaash Company (2010)

He came into the limelight with the 2011 action comedy film ‘Delhi Belly,’ in which he played one of the protagonists Arup, who works as a cartoonist. The storyline of the film revolves around three struggling roommates, Tashi, Nitin, and Arup, who unknowingly become the prey of a ruthless gangster.

Delhi Belly (2011)

He starred in the 2013 zombie apocalypse action comedy film ‘Go Goa Gone’ as Luv. Although the film was unsuccessful at Box Office, Vir Das gained immense appreciation for his role as Luv. The film centres around a group of friends who get invited to a rave party on a secluded island in Goa and discover that the island is infested with Zombies.

Vir Das in Go Goa Gone (2013)

Vir Das in Go Goa Gone (2013)

In 2014, he appeared in the romantic comedy film ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ as Manav, a drug addict bachelor living a carefree life. In 2016, he appeared in the films ‘Mastizaade,’ ‘Santa Banta Pvt Ltd,’ and ’31st October.’ Set in 1984, ’31st October’ centres around a Sikh man named Devender Singh (played by Vir Das) and his family, who are trapped in danger due to the assassination of Indira Gandhi, which leads to the spread of brutal violence against Sikhs.

31st October (2016)

OTT

In his Netflix stand-up special ‘Abroad Understanding’ (2017), he talked about religion and racism, for which he was included in Variety’s ’10 Comics to Watch for 2017′ list. Netflix also features his stand-up specials Losing It (2018), For India (2020), Vir Das: Outside In (2020).

Vir Das performing his standup set Losing It (2018)

Vir Das performing his standup set Losing It (2018)

In 2019, he appeared in Amazon Prime Video’s comedy travel show ‘Jestination Unknown’ in which he travels along with his friends, fellow stand-up comedians, and celebrities, to explore the humour of Indians.

Jestination Unknown (2019)

In 2020, he played the titular role in the Indian dark comedy streaming television series ‘Hasmukh.’ Distributed by Netflix, the show follows a small-town comedian who is also a serial killer.

Hasmukh (2020)

Music

Around 2011-2012, Vir Das formed a band called Alien Chutney. The comedy-rock band is the brainchild of Vir Das and produces offbeat songs about a wide variety of topics like the difference between Delhi and Bombay girls, Parsi love songs, tributes to Himesh, death metal songs, pop songs, and the key to good love with your vegetable grocer. Other members of the band are Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais, Kaizad Gherda, and Apurv Isaac. After performing shows at several venues like Blue Frog in Mumbai, Lodhi Gardens in Delhi, and India Habitat Centre in New Delhi and performing in Star World’s New Year Special ‘RIPping the Decade with Vir Das,’ Alien Chutney’s first album titled “Bom in Live Bay,” comprising of 13 tracks, was released in 2015.

Vir das performing with his band Alien Chutney

Vir das performing with his band Alien Chutney

Others

He is the founder of the production house ‘Weirdass Comedy.’ Dubbed as India’s first comedy consultancy, Weirdass Comedy fulfils the requirement of comedy content solutions for TV and digital platforms for various brands snd also produces original content independently. He is also the curator and producer of The Weirdass Pajama Festival, one of India’s largest comedy festivals.

The Weirdass Pajama Festival's 2016 logo

The Weirdass Pajama Festival’s 2016 logo

In 2016, he played the protagonist in the short crime drama film ‘Raakh.’ The short film centres around a man who, shattered by his wife’s murder, seeks revenge from the man who raped and killed her.

Raakh (2016)

In 2016, he featured in “He” deodorant’s advertisement, which highlighted how women are objectified in the advertisement industry to promote products. For the advertisement, he reclines sexily in a sari, lays on a bike, luxuriates in a bathtub, suggestively licks a popsicle, and dresses up as an angel fallen from ‘heaven,’ to show that though it all seems ridiculous when done by a man, the society has made it acceptable for women.

Vir Das You Dont Have To Objectify Women GIF - Vir Das You Dont Have To Objectify Women GIFs

Controversy

  • In November 2021, he stirred controversy on the internet when a video of his seven-minute-long monologue ‘I come from an India’ went viral and offended the Indian population. The monologue was performed on 15 November 2021 at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. While presenting some of the contrasting aspects of India Vir Das referred to issues like safety of women, farmers’ protest, and a young population conducting themselves on the basis of over a century old ideas by old political leaders. Following the video, he was accused of ‘anti-India propaganda under the garb of comedy.’ The viral video also provoked the BJP leader Aditya Jha to lodge a police complaint against the comedian for mocking the nation in front of a foreign audience.

Favourites

  • Music Album: Tommy by The Who
  • Restaurant: Curry Leaf in San Francisco

Facts/Trivia

  • He has a pet bulldog, Doctor Watson.
    Vir Das with his dog Watson

    Vir Das with his dog Watson

  • In an interview, he revealed that he is a news junkie and loves watching PBS NewsHour in his leisure time. While explaining why he loves the show, he said,

    It’s my favourite show on television. Because a) it’s funny and everybody on the panel knows its funny and b) it’s an uncensored, flustered version of people, which is the best version of people where they are slightly uncomfortable, but they have to say what is on their mind.”

  • Once in an interview, Vir Das credited Aamir Khan for his acting career. He said,

    Aamir Khan. There were a lot of people considered for the role in Delhi Belly, but I know that he fought for me. And that film changed everything for me. “

  • He was nominated for the International Emmy Awards (2021) for his outstanding achievement in the category of comedy for his Netflix special For India (2020).
    Vir Das' nomination medal for International Emmy Awards (2021)

    Vir Das’ nomination medal for International Emmy Awards (2021)

  • Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Vir Das completed his graduation, bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate for his achievements in the field of performing arts. Additionally, he was also chosen to deliver the commencement speech a the prestigious college in June 2018. The previous speakers included renowned personalities like former US president Barack Obama, American actress Eva Longoria, US Senator Richard Durbin, and American comedian Stephen Colbert.
    Vir Das' Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts

    Vir Das’ Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts

  • He has six tattoos inked on his body, which includes a pocket watch tattoo on the inside of his right arm, a cardinal directions tattoo on his right bicep, a quote inscribed on the inside of his right forearm, a Phoenix with a Mic tattoo on his left bicep, and a tattoo on his left forearm.
    Vir Das' tattoos

    A picture showcasing Vir Das’ tattoos





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