Vir Das takes a dark, in­tense char­ac­ter head on

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor and stand-up comic Vir Das is al­ways at ease when it comes to fac­ing thou­sands of peo­ple and tick­ling their funny bones in a way no one else can. How­ever, what he is not used to is keep­ing him­self aloof from peo­ple, but that’s ex­actly what his next on­screen char­ac­ter is all about. To bring out the best, the ac­tor-co­me­dian has taken up the chal­lenge with ut­most zeal.

Vir has been trav­el­ling the world with his stand-up com­edy show Abroad Un­der­stand­ing. Now, that he is back in In­dia, he is work­ing on his next web-based show which is a dark and in­tense script.

Vir will be play­ing the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter of Has­mukh for film­maker Nikhil Ad­vani’s se­ries. The char­ac­ter is dark, in­tense and keeps him­self away from so­cial­is­ing. This was par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult for Vir, who is the ex­act op­po­site in his real life.

A source close to the ac­tor says, “To get into the skin of the char­ac­ter he’s play­ing, Vir went into com­plete iso­la­tion by even cut­ting down on pub­lic ap­pear­ances, stage shows and even cut­ting down on at­tend­ing fam­ily func­tions and gath­er­ings. Vir in­structed his close as­so­ciates to en­sure that he shouldn’t be dis­turbed at any cost. He didn’t wanted to leave any stone un­turned to play his part with per­fec­tion.”

The idea of play­ing an alien char­ac­ter has def­i­nitely given Vir some kick.

“When I read the char­ac­ter of Has­mukh, I knew he is ab­so­lutely the op­po­site of how I am as a per­son. This is ex­actly what en­cour­aged me to take up this project. I want to see how far can I push my­self and make the au­di­ence be­lieve in a com­pletely fic­tional char­ac­ter which I would man­age to bring alive on the screen. This is the most in­ter­est­ing thing about be­ing an ac­tor. I would never leave such a chance to play a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence life through a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter’s mind,” he says.

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To get into the skin of the char­ac­ter, Vir Das went into com­plete iso­la­tion by cut­ting down on pub­lic ap­pear­ances

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