Where the truth lies...

History returns

Where the truth lies...

His lies are blatantly honest and his truths, stranger than fiction. Stand-up comedian turned actor Vir Das is sending audience across the country side-splitting with his new show — ‘Unbelievablish - True words from the mouth of a liar’.

The ‘stories’ from his life are keeping the audience guessing. And while they are trying to figure out which of these narratives are true, which are not and which are in between, the comedian is laughing all the way to the, well, stage. “So far I have not been caught,” chuckles Vir Das, who has also written the script for it.

Ten years and many laughs later, he is rewriting his history. Like any good comedian, the ordinary turns whimsical in his hands with the knock-out punchlines hitting the bull’s eye. Case in point — ‘Battle of Da Sexes’, ‘Broken Das’ and ‘History of India: VIRitten’.

“The tour is going great. I wanted to break into small cities and the response there has been quick,” he says.  

Although not expected, he adds “all the shows were full house”.“‘Unbelievablish...’ is very interactive. I wanted to move away from a straight-jacketed stand-up show. I want the audiences to be completely involved in it,” he says about the 11-city tour, which includes Bengaluru as well. “In the last three years, I sold half-a-million tickets. My aim is to get another half in one year and make it to one million,” he says.

“In the last 10 years, I’ve never written about myself. It is terrifying to write about oneself, you don’t want to tell stories about yourself, to bare yourself in front of the audience. This show is just me, my past, my failures, all the stupid things that I have done. It has very relatable touch points in the audiences’ life,” he goes on.

While jet-setting the world with his shows, his movie shootings are going great guns.
    So how does he manage to find time to write for the shows? “It takes about five to six months to put up a show together. I keep the energy and the average age of the audience in mind while writing,’’ he says. 

   With observational comedy as his forte, is he watching people all the time? “It depends on what I am doing. If I am travelling while working on a script, I am like a sponge soaking in everything,” he says.

“Now, Bollywood has taken 70 percent of my life. Finally, after six years in the industry, last year, a couple of things that I did were out of the norm,” he says adding good scripts are coming his way. But does he throw in his perceptions into the characters? “I am heavily into improvising. But I don’t take much liberty with the script. The improvisation comes during the delivery of words,” he says.

Movies apart, as he takes on Bengaluru with his-story on May 15, the million-dollar question is will he be caught this time around?  

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