Vir Das attempts at an Abroad Understanding Image: Twitter
Vir Das is back to laughing at himself and his fellow countrymen and women. Only this time, it's international. The Delhi boy is set to beat firangis to the punch when it comes to making fun of us. His stand-up comedy show, Abroad Understanding, is also the first Indian original production on Netflix and the trailer is signature Vir Das. We are now officially laughing at ourselves with our own money — globally. Take that, Amreeka.
"Pura show Hindi mein hoga (the entire show is going to be in Hindi). Give it time, it will grow on you," says Vir, as he begins his New York set and the audience crackles up.
"What is religion? It's five dont's. Four of them make sense. The fifth one — they make it just to f**k with you," says Vir, India's newest Netflix star. "Don't lie, don't cheat, don't kill, don't f**k and, umm, don't eat non-veg on Tuesdays," he adds. His NYC crowd certainly relates to it, as they hold on to their chairs from all the ROFL-ing.
"I went to the supermarket, and there is a whole aisle for cereal! It is 60 feet by 10 feet. In Mumbai that's a school!" says Vir. So, expect a lot of homegrown First World trolling on Netflix in the coming days.
Abroad Understanding was shot last year in November in two cities — New Dehli in front of a live audience of 11,000 people and New York City in front of a live audience of 200 people. "Indian comedy has never had as big an audience. An authentically Indian comedy has never reached the world. We have always been a punchline and not a perspective," Vir had said in an interview to Mashable a few months ago. And, by the looks of it, his Netflix debut is here to take on the issue head on.
Abroad Understanding premieres on April 25.