Comedian and actor Vir Das found himself in the eye of a storm, following the release of his satire titled ‘Two Indias‘. The star who had touched on various topics in the clip, including the farm protests, the battle against COVID-19, the duality in response to women, particularly and more, has faced a lot of political backlash for his strongly-worded piece.
However, when asked in a recent interview with NDTV, if he would do the set differently, the funny-man defended his piece saying that laughter is a celebration and the applause from the audience is a ‘moment of pride’. He further went on to add that anyone with a sense of humour or anyone who understood satire, knew exactly what happened in the room, but admitted that the way people react to his words is not in his hands.
“I can’t expect what happens when I put out a piece of content… It’s jokes. It’s not in my hands,” he said.
When probed about the FIRs lodged against him as well as bans imposed on his performances in various states including Madhya Pradesh, Das, who has been nominated for an International Emmy nomination, promised to be back with more.
“I have made my country laugh for 10 years now. I have devoted my life to writing about my country. We are here at the Emmys because I wrote a love letter to my country. As long as I am able to do my comedy I want to keep writing love letters to my country,” Vir Das was quoted saying.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Thursday said that the comedian would not be allowed to perform in the state, prompting the opposition parties and artists to slam the BJP leader as they asked why he was silent over actor Kangana Ranaut‘s recent controversial remarks.
“We won’t allow such jesters to perform. If he tenders an apology, we are going to think over it,” Mishra, who is also the MP government’s spokesman, told reporters when asked about the monologue.
Reacting to his remarks, the Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders and some artists asked why Mishra was not giving any statement on Ranaut over her recent remarks in which she said that India attained “real freedom” in 2014, when the Modi-led government came to power and described the country’s Independence in 1947 as “bheek” or alms.
Das, who issued a statement saying his comments weren’t intended to insult the country, has found backing from members of the opposition parties including Mahua Moitra as well as Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor.