Unapologetically Indian, universally appealing and laced with charm, Vir Das knows how to command a stage when he’s doing stand-up. The Bollywood star has been a driving force for the English-language comedy scene in India and recently became the first Indian-born comedian to score a Netflix special, joining the ranks of mega stars like Russel Peters, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.
That special, dubbed Abroad Understanding, catapulted him into the global limelight and he’s currently in the midst of a massive world tour to promote that on six continents in 20m countries. Meanwhile, Das also has two movies in the pipeline, both slated to open this year. His career is firing on all cylinders but if you thought that was enough to zap the energy out of him, think again.
He’s a live wire on stage, where he levels his uniquely Indian take on topics including racism, religion, homophobia and social injustice. “Tonight for the first time in your lives, maybe the Indian accent can be a perspective, not a punchline,” begins the New York portion of his special, which was cross-cut with the same set performed to an Indian audience in New Delhi.
He manages to translate his observations for fans on either side with ease and it will be interesting to see what he has lined up for Malaysian audiences at the HGH Convention Centre this month.
Whether he’s the leading man in a Bollywood blockbuster, writing and producing top-notch content with Weirdass Comedy (India’s foremost comedy consultancy outfit), or making audiences dissolve into laughter while on stage, Vir Das is a force to be reckoned with. Final call for boarding on the Das World Tour – get those tickets now.