Vir Das

Comedian-actor Vir Das is ready to get serious with a starring role in upcoming drama film “Jaane Kyon.” (IANS photo)

Mumbai — Stand-up comedian Vir Das is ditching his funnyman image for a serious role in the upcoming film “Jaane Kyon,” based on the riots of 1984.

The actor, best known for his comic avatars in films like “Delhi Belly” and “Go Goa Gone,” has undergone a lot of physical changes to play a Sikh in the film.

"I had to lose weight, grow a beard and learn Punjabi for the role. Since it’s a true story and I am playing the lead role, I spent a lot of my time with the person on whom the story is based. This is my first drama film," said Das.

Directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Shivaji Patil, the film depicts the riots and their aftermath.

Das, 35, who also plays a sardar in yet-to-be-released “Santa-Banta,” said, "The film is being shot in Ludhiana. It’s based on a very sensitive issue so the responsibility was huge, but I enjoyed doing it."

The actor’s last release “Amit Sahni Ki List,” a romantic comedy about a man’s search for his dream girl, earned good reviews for him.

"‘Amit Sahni Ki List’ was like a big test without any good marketing, with a low budget, but it did well due to my good fan base as a comedian. Now, I’m doing studio films, so I am hoping for large releases," he said.

In real life, Das’s search for the woman of his dreams ended with Mumbai-based Shivani Mathur, who he has been dating for a long time.

"I’m in a relationship and that, too, in a committed one. Her name is Shivani and we are living together," he said.

The actor started his career in Bollywood with a small role in Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer “Namastey London” but slowly made a mark in the industry.

 "My journey in the industry has been similar to how you get a promotion in a company with a Diwali bonus. I started out with one scene in ‘Namastey London’ and went on to doing five scenes, then supporting roles, and then lead roles. So, I have got a promotion every time from this invisible boss," he said.

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