My role in `Badmaash Company` is very filmy, says Vir Das

Last Updated: May 06, 2010, 11:13 AM IST

Mumbai: Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das says he prefers doing films only if they help him to get out of his own comfort zone.

"I am a successful stand-up English comedian. It is not necessary for me to do film after film to make a living. I would prefer films with one scene or a lead role only if it is going to take me out of the stand-up comedy zone," Das, who will be seen in upcoming `Badmaash Company`, told reporters.

The 28-year-old said he wants his films to bring new audiences. "Audience for English stand-up comedy is niche, corporate. But my character Chandu in `Badmaash Company` takes me to a completely new audience because he is young and very commercial. Chandu is completely opposite of me in real life."

"Similarly, even in Abhinay Deo`s `Delhi Belly`, in which I play one of the leads, is something the audience will not expect a comedian to do," Das said.

Das, who debuted in `Mumbai Salsa` in 2007 and also did a scene in `Namastey London`, said working on one film means giving up at least 80 to 90 TV shows.

"This means the film has to be very interesting. Working with Aamir Khan Productions and Yash Raj has been an experience of a lifetime."

For his character Chandu, Das said, he watched a lot of 80s and 90s movies featuring Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.

"The hairstyle is different. I am not from Mumbai, so had to learn the local lingo."

Das said the Yash Raj film is set in early 1990s, when economy had opened up and a lot of new businesses were formed.

Chandu does not want to be a failed actor like his father, he said. "He is a very filmy but innocent boy. He wants to make a film with Madhuri Dixit."

Asked whether he was romantically paired with anybody in the film, Das said it was a surprise. "I do have a romantic interest. But it is not Anushka. It`s a surprise."

He said `Badmaash Company` was his second major movie after `Mumbai Salsa`. "I am currently dubbing for `Delhi Belly` which is slated for release at the year-end."

Das will be on a world tour of 17 countries from July with his comedy show `Walking on Broken Das`. "The bar is very high in English. There is a lot of competition in English stand-up comedy, but I think I am way ahead of others."

Das said he wrote the script of Filmfare Awards for Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan last year and Shah Rukh Khan this year.

"Nine stand-up comedians have come together to form a company called Weirdass Productions and our full fledged script would be made into a film in 2011."

Das said he is a method actor and before getting down to shoot needs to know his character`s traits, body language and characteristics before essaying him.

About `Badmaash Company` director Parmeet Sethi, who is making his debut, Das said being an actor himself Sethi understands his actors well.

PTI

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