Vir Das makes de­but as Hindi com­edy writer

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur ■ yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor-co­me­dian Vir Das, known for his English stand-up com­edy acts, has de­cided to branch out into re­gional lan­guage com­edy. Vir, who has toured the world with his shows, has now taken up Hindi com­edy writ­ing.

Vir has co-writ­ten the script of Has­mukh, a dark Hindi thriller, and will also star in the film. He has ear­lier acted in sev­eral Bol­ly­wood films, but he ad­mits that it was a bit chal­leng­ing for him to write com­edy in Hindi.

“I’m fa­mil­iar with Hindi and have con­sumed a great amount of con­tent. But to write it is an­other deal al­to­gether. I have not been averse but never had the op­por­tu­nity to write com­edy, es­pe­cially stand-up in Hindi, and Has­mukh was a great be­gin­ning,” shares Vir.

The ac­tor, who has been part of films such as Delhi Belly (2011), Go Goa Gone (2013) and Shaadi Ke Side Ef­fects (2014), has mostly done stand-up com­edy in English but he does point out cer­tain pros of do­ing Hindi com­edy.

“I think com­edy can be very global re­gard­less of lan­guage. But yes, some jokes and some punch lines of jokes are bet­ter in cer­tain lan­guages and that’s why as co­me­di­ans and as writ­ers we have to adapt to that. Hindi writ­ing, es­pe­cially com­edy, needs a lot of un­der­stand­ing of the pulse of the lo­cal mar­kets,” he adds.

I’m fa­mil­iar with Hindi and have con­sumed a great amount of con­tent. But to write it is an­other deal al­to­gether.

VIR DAS AC­TOR­CO­ME­DIAN

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