"Its time to come home", Vir Das on his next Netflix special "Vir Das for India"
Vir Das, India's one of the most popular stand-up comedian is back with another Netflix special, "Vir Das for India". The set is based on Indian customs and beliefs, sensibilities, popular culture, movies and heroes and is shot in India itself.
After three years on the road and two Netflix stand up specials,India’s most popular comic globally Vir Das is all set to pay homage to India by his next project “Vir Das : For India”, which Das says is a “love letter” to his country.
ANNOUNCEMENT!! My new comedy special #VirDasForIndia is NOW STREAMING on @netflix— Vir Das (@thevirdas) January 26, 2020
No matter where you live, Let me tell you about my beautiful country.
India is for everyone...who can take a joke ???? I hope you enjoy it. Do watch! ????????????????
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The new stand-up is about Indian customs and beliefs, sensibilities, popular culture, movies and heroes and is shot in India itself.
This will be Das’s third Netflix special after "A Broad Understanding" (2017) and "Losing It" (2018).
Das felt that after touring US for long it was about time to do something for his Indian audience.
The actor says,"I have done two specials in abroad, one in New York and the other in San Francisco. We have such a large audience here. It was time to come home. I've been travelling for three years. I figured I'd do one for us. I love my country and want to celebrate it.This special is a small and humble love letter to my country," Das told PTI in an interview.
"Vir Das: For India" makes him the sixth artiste to have three stand-up specials with the streamer.
For a part of his act, which was recorded at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai late last year, the comedian went back to his growing up years in the country.
"On some level it is a dive into my childhood. I'm not a very smart man and so if I try and write an extremely intellectual special about India, I'm going to fail because everybody has a different India.
"So the best I could do was write about my small opinion about India and that is heavily influenced by my childhood. So the jokes about Parle G and Chyavanprash, my grandmother in Patna, at those levels it was deeply personal," Das said.
At the same time, he also touched upon the sociopolitical situation of the country.
"To be very honest, I don't do it very consciously. I just kind of write jokes and whatever is there in my mind, it finds it way into these jokes. An issue like gay marriage is very important to me. But I begin with writing a joke first and then they find their way into a joke. It's always joke first, issue second."
The 40-year-old actor has been doing stand-up for over a decade and said there are still days when people don't laugh at his jokes.
"I think one out of every 20 jokes don't evoke laughter for somebody and that is just the reality that you have to live with... Comedy is also subjective like any other art form, but at the same time one joke isn't funny for you, may click with other person.
"Every man's funny is very different. So the idea is to try and throw as many jokes as you can at people that enough people find it fun."
Das said he takes failure in his stride as it only motivates him to do better next time.
"The best thing I can do is fail as it sets you up to work harder for the next one. The art is just throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. I'm absolutely not ashamed of stumbling because that's the healthiest thing in the world for an artiste."
"Vir Das: For India" starts streaming on Netflix from Sunday.