Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das’ Bollywood career took off after Delhi Belly. Vir, who says that his life is a collection of stupid ideas is now super busy with six films in his kitty, the latest being Saxxx Ki Dukaan (SKD. In a freewheeling interview, Vir talks about his career in Bollywood
Was your entry into Bollywood a planned one?
I had no plans to enter films at all though I was getting offers regularly for six years. When I saw Rang De Basanti, my views changed. I thought that finally young urban relevant cinema is made, so let me give it a try.
Your last film Go Goa Gone was a hit. Has your life changed now?
I have six releases in the coming 15 months. It was very stressful and at the same time very strange. So far, so good.
What made you take on a sex comedy like Saxxx Ki Dukaan?
Every year, I do one film just to misbehave and have a good time. Delhi Belly was one such film. In SKD I have a double role where I play a character called Superlingam. If you thought Delhi Belly or Go Goa Gone were crazy, this is 10 times crazier.
Who are your favourite comedians?
In India, Johnny Lever is my favourite. I saw him doing a show for 10,000 people when I was 15 years old. I have been inspired and influenced by him. I also adore Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey.
What is your style of humour?
My kind of humour is small unfunny things. I am not a fan of politics or race or religion. My humour is about brushing your teeth or farting, eating chicken, drinking water. These little things of life are funny for me.
Do you improvise on your lines when you are working on a film?
I am not into changing lines, but if I feel that it can be funnier then I suggest it. I ask for one extra take just to do something really stupid with the approval of the co-stars and the director.