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SANTA BANTA PVT LTD : Vir Das on playing Banta, laughter and more

April 20, 2016 5:55:00 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Renowned stand-up comedian and Bollywood actor Vir Das after DELHI BELLY, GO GOA GONE will be seen bromancing Boman Irani as Banta as the funny detective in the upcoming SANTA BANTA PVT. LTD, Directed by Akashdeep Sabir and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The actor says conversation with his dog brings smile to his face and there is hypocrisy when it comes to adult content in English and Hindi.

Over to Vir Das


What are you doing in SANTA BANTA PVT LTD?
I am doing pagalpanti (laughs).. it's an innocent, sweet comedy. I play Banta whereas Boman plays Santa.. the movie is a pool of remarkable talents in comedy like Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Ram Kapoor coming together..

Can it be said that SANTA BANTA is the Indian version of the great Laurel & Hardy
In a way yes. One is shorter, the other one is taller.. but more than that it's a sweet funny bromance between me and Boman.. Santa has raised Banta since childhood. So Santa is more like a father figure, elder brother to Banta. Banta is enthusiastic, aggressive while Santa is chilled out, calm and more wiser.. a generation separates Santa and Banta in age.

You are the youngest comedian in the film, any doubts, insecurity?
Nothing as such. The script first came to me and a week later went to Boman Irani, so within a week Boman and I knew that we are working together.. I didn't knew Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra are also there but it's great to be with seniors and getting the golden opportunity to learn.

'The script of SANTA BANTA PVT. LTD first came to me'

The difference in being funny on screen or at a standup
Lot of difference. In stand up, you don,t have any support, you are live in front of audience saying thousand things while on big screen you have the support of camera, the crew, the director, the writer, co artiste etc. stand up there instant feedback and in movie it may take a year to come to know that you have actually screwed up.

Has your comedy changed from the day your started
Yes. I have evolved. In the beginning I started writing what people would like – politics, Bollywood, sports, then you write what you would like – History Of India, Battle of Da Sexes, then you write what scares you. Unbelievable is about my failures..

SANTA BANTA PVT LTD adds up to another first to your list. Will it work?
I can,t say whether it will work or won't work but interestingly it's another first to my kitty. DELHI BELLY was first of its kind. GO GOA GONE, MASTIZAADE even REVOVER RANI where first in a different way. DELHI BELLY worked, GO GOA GONE worked but MASTIZAADE and REVOLVER RANI didn,t.. I am an unconventional actor with unconventional looks and no Bollywood background. I should not be making conventional choices, whether SANTA BANTA PVT LTD successfully works as an Indian comic detective series.. let's see.. we have tried our best. 

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