Kangana Ranaut calls Vir Das ‘criminal’ over a recent controversy lifted up after his video, “I Come From Two Indias” went viral. Actor and comedian Vir Das earlier this week shared a video on his YouTube channel which was filmed during his performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
In the six-minute clip, Vir Das, who is currently in the US talked about the country’s dual nature and some of the most pressing concerns it faces, including the fight against COVID-19, rape cases, and a crackdown on comedians, as well as farmer demonstrations.
Kangana shared an Instagram Story on Wednesday saying that certain statements made by Das in the video were ‘generalisations’ and compared them to controversial comments made by Winston Churchill about the Bengal famine of 1943. A Delhi BJP member filed a complaint against Das for the same comment.
In her post, Kangana wrote, “When you generalise all Indian men as gang rapists it gives rise and encouragement to racism and bullying against Indians all over the world… After Bengal famine Churchill famously said, ‘These Indians breed like rabbits they are bound to die like this…’ He blamed Indians’ sex drive/fertility for the death of millions because of hunger… Such creative work targeting an entire race is soft terrorism… Strict actions must be taken against such criminals @virdas.”
However, Das in a social media statement defended the video, and urged viewers to not fall prey to edited clips. “Please do not be fooled by edited snippets,” he said. He also explained the intent behind making the video as part of his recent tour to America.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) November 16, 2021
Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor supported the comedian over the whole controversy.
“Vir Das. None can doubt that there are two India’s. Just that we don’t want an Indian to tell the world about it. We are intolerant and hypocritical,” wrote Sibal in a tweet. “A stand-up comedian who knows the real meaning of the term ‘stand up’ is not physical but moral. @thevirdas spoke for millions in this 6-minute take on the Two Indias he hails from & stands up for,” Tharoor said in.