Macau: After starring in series of comedies like ‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘Go Goa Gone’, actor Vir Das is excited for his first intense role in Tigmanshu Dhulia`s upcoming venture ‘Revolver Rani’.
Vir, 34, is starring opposite ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ star Kangna Ranaut in the film that is set in the Chambal valley.
"I got a call from Tigmanshu Dhulia saying he loved my work in `Delhi Belly` and offered me this role. When I read the script, I asked him whether he was sure to cast me. Dhulia said he believed in casting an actor against his comfort zone. Working with his is very much new university for me," Vir said on the sidelines of IIFA awards here.
The actor said his character demands a bevy of emotions for playing the role and Vir credits his co-star Kangna for helping him out.
"In a film, your co-star plays a very important role. Kangna is a great actress and that is helping me to better my act. She has got more experience than me in the film industry. The territories which we are shooting in and the range of human emotions we are going through are very disturbing. She is extremely accommodating and instinctual," he said.
Having started his career as a stand-up comedian, Vir had to unlearn his style of acting for Dhulia`s revenge drama.
"When you are doing a lot of stage shows you are not inhibited and your body and voice are very free, you need to undo many such things. But I didn`t have to unlearn much because I had a theatre background. It helped me understand the character well," he said.
But Vir says Dhulia`s film is not an attempt to shed his funnyman image in Bollywood because he feels it gave him the right platform and identity in the industry.
"I got Aditya Chopra`s `Badmaash Company` because he saw one of the DVDs of my comedy and Aamir Khan`s team spotted me for `Delhi Belly` at the restaurant where I used to do stand-up. I carved a niche in the industry through this image and will continue be a part of such films," he said.
The actor will also be seen in a romantic hero avatar in ‘Super is Uper’ and Vir insists the film is his twist on Bollywood romance.
"I have never done such role and in all my films (be it `Delhi Belly` or `Go Goa Gone`), you have seen girls have left me but in this film, I get the girl. In a big Bollywood romantic film, taking my shirt off and spreading the hand towards the mountain with dancers behind me are not my cup of tea. There is a certain twist to that also. Kirti Kulhari of `Shaitan` fame is staring opposite me," he said.
With comedies doing great business in the industry off-late, Vir feels Indian audience has moved from slapstick to intelligent ones.
"I am happy that the audience has become matured now. They want to see comedy films of certain standard. There are also many new genres of comedy coming to our film industry and directors are ready to explore them," he added.