Comedian Vir Das said that all art comes from a ‘pure place’ and that no creator thinks of applause or thieves when they are doing something. Das has been in the center of a storm after the release of a video on his YouTube channel, in which he talked about coming from ‘dos Indias’.
In an interview on the sidelines of his International Emmy nomination, told NDTV that he doesn’t think the iron fist of censorship will hit artists harder in the future. He said: “Any kind of art, be it poetry, writing, acting or comedy, comes from a pure place. And good artists can display that purity in the simplest way possible. Then you get a response that people like it or a response that people don’t like it. I don’t know of any good artist who is thinking about the answer while creating. “
When asked why partnering with a global platform is an option he has made despite having his own YouTube channel where he is not subject to any restrictions, the comedian said: “There is no censorship for me on Netflix. They just say, “Make people laugh,” and I do. That’s the only expectation we’ve ever had for each other. What makes me proud of our work with each other is that as comedians get older, you always worry that special after special after special will not look like the same guy, in a fancier suit, in a bigger room. That is the wrong journey for an artist to take. In fact, we have gone in the opposite direction. We started with a stadium, then we went to America, and then we went back to India and sat at the gate. We brought humility to comedy and I enjoyed bringing our culture to the world. “
In his video for Two Indias, now viral, the comedian highlighted the duality of the country, with an observation about violence against women that attracted the ire not only of certain politicians, but also of the actor. Kangana Ranaut. Das then urged the public to watch the clip in its entirety and not fall victim to the edited versions.
Das called the video his “love letter” to India. “I have made my country laugh for 10 years. I have dedicated my life to writing about my country. We are here at the Emmys because I wrote a love letter to my country. As long as I can do my comedy, I want to keep writing love letters to my country, ”Das previously said.