Vir Das on I Come From To India’s video: Please don’t be fooled by edited excerpts

Popular stand-up comedian Vir Das on Tuesday posted a statement asking people not to fall for edited excerpts from his latest video I Come From To India’s posted on his YouTube channel. “Please don’t be fooled by the edited excerpts,” he said, explaining the intention behind making the video as part of his recent US tour.

Towards the end of his performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vir Das gave a monologue about the contradictions within the country under the section To India. The video seems to have offended some people.

“There has been a lot of reaction to a video posted by me on YouTube. The video is a satire about the duel of two different Indias who do different things. Just like within any nation there is light and darkness, good and evil. None of this is a secret,” Vir Das explained in the statement.

“The video appeals to us to never forget that we are great. Never stop focusing on what makes us great. It culminates in a huge patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, trust and are proud of. That in our country there is more than the headlines, a deep beauty. That is the essence of the video and is the reason for the applause.”

At the end of the video, Vir Das asked the audience to give a standing ovation to the nation on the sold out show. “People cheer for India with hope, not hatred. People clap for India out of respect and not with malice. You can’t just sell tickets with pride, earn accolades, or represent great people with negativity. I am proud of my country, and I carry that pride around the world. For me, a room full of people anywhere in the world, congratulating India is pure love,” he wrote.

Titled I Come From To India, this video has got close to 3.5 lakh views in about 24 hours.

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