Vir Das Issues Statement After His ‘2 Indias’ Video Leaves People Divided, FIR Gets Filed

Acclaimed Indian artist Vir Das, popular for his dark humor and bang on comic timing recently found himself in a legal soup after he delivered a seven-minute monologue at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. Das has been visiting the US for his show titled ‘I Come From Two Indias’.

 

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Recently, he uploaded a clip from his show which is a monologue about the two Indias he belongs to. In his monologue, Das spoke about some of the topical issues that the country is currently faced with.

He took a dig at the country’s increasing pollution levels, rising number of rape cases, battle against coronavirus, farmer’s protest among other matters.

 

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The video was met with a lot of reactions. Some were offended alleging that he was defaming the country in a foreign land.

Others applauded his mindfulness in speaking about the duality of India.


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People were so irked that police complaints were reportedly filed against the artist in Mumbai and Delhi for “derogatory statements against India”.

While his video is met with applause towards the end, it also received a sizeable reaction. Hence, the 42-year-old took to social media and issued a clarification. In his lengthy note, he penned that “the video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great.”

“It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. That’s the point of the video and the reason for the applause.”

Suggesting people to not be ‘fooled by edited snippets’, he further wrote, “People cheer for India with hope, not hate. People clap for India with respect, not malice. You cannot sell tickets, earn applause, or represent great people with negativity, only with pride. I take pride in my country, and I carry that pride across the world.

“To me, a room full of people anywhere in the world, giving India an ovation is pure love. I ask of you, the same thing I asked of that audience…to focus on the light, remember our greatness, and spread the love,” he concluded.

Here’s his controversial video:

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