Turning 38 today is funny guy Vir Das. Not just a comedian, but just funny in general. I was at a party when I met Vir Das. He rushed toward the bar and said, "I lost my wife." He got a few concerned looks, before he clarified, "She's not dead, I just can't find her." This guy can be funny anytime and anywhere.
Born in Dehradun, he has studied in Nigeria, Shimla and Delhi. He obtained his degree (in economics and theater) from Illinois and was then accepted into the Stanislavsky Program of Moscow Arts Theatre. Not only did he perform plays at this theatre, but he also trained as a method actor for six months at Harvard. He performed for comedy troupes in the USA, was a comedian on a ship between Houston and Mexico, and also worked at comedy clubs in Chicago. Somewhere in the middle of all this, he also taught acting at Knox. Yup, he's done a lot.
All in all, Das has approximately 35 plays, over 100 stand-up comedy shows, eight TV shows, two movies and six comedy specials behind him. He is also the first Indian to be on Netflix with his own original, thanks to his company Weirdass Comedy. In case you're wondering, the name 'Weirdass' came from how how foreigners pronounced his name. With over 10 million followers on social media, he has become the greatest comedian India has ever produced. Did we mention he's done a bunch of films as well? Let's have a look at four of his top films. Let's hope he doesn't star in nonsense like Mastizaade ever again. We wish the weird-ass a very happy birthday!
1. Delhi Belly (2011)
Three roommates (Vir Das, Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur), unknowingly become the target of a powerful gangster when they misplace his expensive diamonds.
2. Go Goa Gone (2013)
This comedy thriller is about another trio (Vir Das, Kunal Khemu, Anand Tiwari) which aims to survive in Goa after a zombie attack.
3. Revolver Rani (2014)
This crime-drama is about a strong and demanding female politician (Kangana Ranaut) who falls in love with a rising Bollywood star (Vir Das) and does everything in her power to keep him safe.
4. Raakh (2016)
A short film, this revenge thriller is about a man who seeks revenge from the guy who raped and killed his wife. You won't see Vir Das being this 'serious' again.