Vir Das


ter being known as a talented comedian, Vir Das has come a long way to establish himself firmly on the big screen today. After performing multiple plays home and abroad, he has slowly but firmly bagged a pivotal role for himself in the film industry.

Vir Das was born in India but completed his schooling from different parts of the world. He is an Alumni of the Indian Language School, wherein he studied in Lagos, Simla and Delhi. After completing his schooling, he completed his Bachelors from the Knox College with a degree in Economics and Theatre. It was here that his love for act writing and performing evolved. His major concentration was also in the subject of performance in his Bachelor curriculum. He first started at the Harbach Theatre in Knox, with his first play Brown Men Can?t Hump. It was a moderate success and he has also adapted the play on Indian theatre platform. He also took up a job as an assistant in teaching for beginning acting course. After his initial theatre forays, he was selected for the prestigious Stanislavsky program at the world famous Harvard University. As a part of his program, he performed in association with the Moscow Arts Theatre.

During his stay in the United States, he wrote and acted in various plays. Initial work for him was in Comedy Troupes. Vir also worked in Comedy clubs as a stand-up comedian. By now, he gained fame for being a very good stand-up comedian artist and his acting skills were further honed with these experiences.

He got back to India at the age of 24 and since then, has established himself with a niche carved in almost all fields. Starting from the scratch, he has written and performed over 100 comedy plays. His most notable work has come across at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. His comedy shows bear a striking hallmark of intelligent comedy and have often been named very distinctively. Take for example Who Let the Das Out?, ViRagra, Son of a Switch.

Television was the next step as he was a part of Zoom TV, wherein he was allotted two TV show slots of his own. Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain and Ek Rahin Vir were his shows on Zoom TV, while the popularity of these two got him another one on Star World. He has gone one to perform on TV channels with different characteristics ranging from Cricket to Film based humour. Now a days he is a hit amongst the television audience owing to his shows Now Not Showing and News on the Loose.

Films was the next logical step on the career ladder for Vir and after appearing in miniscule roles, he has since established himself firmly with films like Badmaash Company and Delhi Belly, both of which were super hits. He has also ventured into column writing for esteemed magazines and papers.

There isn?t any other sophisticated comedian out there who can attempt the humour genre Vir can. He can create and generate high quality intellectual comedy, a trait missing in Indian comedy for a long time now. Surely, Vir is out there to fill out that void.

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