Vir Das

  • Actor

May 31, 1979  in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Often known as the king of stand up comedy in India, Vir Das is a stage and film actor, comedian, host and writer, who predominantly works in the Hindi entertainment industry. He is known for starring in films like Badmaash Company, Go Goa Gone, and Delhi Belly.

Early Life
Born in Dehradun, India, Vir Das lived in Africa during his childhood and is an alumni of the Indian Language School; studying at the various branches of the school in four different cities - Lagos, Nigeria, Shimla and Delhi. He then completed his bachelors from the Knox College with a degree in economics and theatre. At college, Vir was awarded a Richter Scholarship for Theatre and the Colton Performance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. He first play in Knox was Brown Man Can`t Hump, which he later adapted in the Indian setting. While in college, Vir Das was a brother of Knox`s Delta Theta chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. Post his graduation, the actor was accepted at the world famous Harvard University`s Stanislavsky Program in coalition with the Moscow Arts Theatre. During the programme, he was trained as a method actor for six months and performed several plays.

His mother is a documentary film director, while his father was a manager at a big food processing company in Nigeria. He has one elder sister Trisha, who is also a documentary filmmaker.

Personal Life
Following a courtship of five years, Vir Das tied the knot with his girlfriend Shivani Mathur at a private ceremony in Sri Lanka, in October 2014.

Stage Career
After the completion of his program at Harvard University, Vir Das returned to India at the age of 24, in 2003. He has since then performed in more than 100 comedy shows all over India, emerging as the country`s finest and most sought after stand-up comedian. Some of his famous shows include Who Let the Das Out?, ViRagra, and Son of a Switch. Vir Das is famous for his intelligent humor and is frequently referred to as India`s answer to Jay Leno.

Under the banner of Ashvin Gidwani Productions, he has performed in, written and directed plays like Walking on Broken Das, Battle of Da Sexes and History of India: VIRitten. Walking on Broken Das, History of India: VIRitten and Battle of Da Sexes. His brand of humor and comic timing has always been very well appreciated by the Indian audiences.

Television Career
His TV career kicked off with two shows on Zoom Channel: Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain and Ek Rahin Vir. The response he got from the shows led him to host Top Drive getaway for Star World. He further hosted a sports comedy show, Cricket First, Sab TV`s Lo Kar Lo Baat, and CNN-IBN`s Now Not Showing. His credibility as a host got him his own news comedy show, News on the Loose on CNBC-TV 18.

Movie Career
Post appearing in minor roles in movies like Namastey London, Mumbai Salsa, and Love Aaj Kal, Vir Das starred in the Hindi crime-comedy movie Badmaash Company, alongside Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Meiyang Chang. Directed by Parmeet Sethi, the movie was a commercial hit and Vir Das received a Zee Cine Award nomination for Best Male Debut.

He then starred in Aamir Khan`s black comedy Delhi Belly. Starring Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala, the movie opened to positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Lisa Tsering of Hollywood Reporter called the film a "Sexy, filthy and thoroughly entertaining comedy". In 2013, Vir Das starred in Indian first zombie comedy film, Go Goa Gone, which also featured Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Ankit Tiwari, and Pooja Gupta in pivotal roles. Subsequently, he appeared in films like Sooper Se Ooper, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, and Revolver Rani, all of which bombed at the box office.

His 2016 releases include Mastizaade, Santa Banta, 31st October, and Shivaay.