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‘Unbelievable’ of Vir Das more than just laughing at Indian accent

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By Urvashi Verma

Mumbai: Vir Das, one of the top standup comedians, and Bollywood actor will perform his sold-out show “Unbelievable” as part of the largest domestic comedy tour by any comedian from India at the Chicago Improv Theater March 24-26 in Schaumburg, Ill.

After a successful and sold-out tour, last fall in North American cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the actor and comedian has returned with “Unbelievable”. The show is an extension of Das’s tour “Unbelievablish,” which has been a roaring success across 17 cities in India, along with Dubai and Singapore, which contributed to the sale of over half a million tickets in his home country for his stand-up.

Das seems to have developed a special kind of “cult” following, which catapulted him into one of India’s biggest names in comedy. Since 2003 Das has performed over 100 comedy shows in all the major cities and debuted six 90-minute comedy specials written by him, at the India Habitat center to audiences of over 900 a night, including ‘Brown Men Can’t Hump’, ‘Not for Members Only’, ‘Bored of The Things’ and ‘Who Let the Das Out?. Each of his shows has sold out within a matter of days.

Das, who trained at the Stanislavsky Program of Moscow Arts Theatre in acting was tired of doing dramatic pieces and embarked upon comedy. “My entry into comedy was quite accidental. I was doing such heavy dramatic pieces at Stanislavsky that I decided that I wanted to do something really fun; so I started writing comedy and my first show was a 90- minute performance in front of 800 people in college. I’m not sure how good it was but it got me started on the path.” Das told in an interview.

Through his live shows, ‘Unbelievablish’, ‘The History of India’ and ‘Battle of the Sexes’, Das has infiltrated the Indian Diaspora. The ‘Unbelievable’ North America tour, which consisted of six cities: San Jose, Vancouver, Tempe, Ontario, Washington DC, is culminating in Chicago and much like most of his shows, his Chicago show has been completely sold out for more than three weeks.

“Indian comedy is so much more than a just an Indian accent. With the recent success of comedians Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters, the Indian Diaspora is ready for a comedian from India itself. My authenticity and comedic sense come from observing people and the environment; I am able to pick up on themes that I can use in comedy. As a child I was shy and reserved and it helped me every much because I learned how to observe,” he said.

Das has also had a successful Bollywood career with hit comedies “Badmash Company”; “Delhi Belly” which cemented his place in Indian comedy and sex comedy “Mastizade”. In 2013 he was seen in more dramatic roles in the critically acclaimed, “Go Goa Gone,” India’s first zombie film and “Revolver Rani”, opposite Kangana Ranaut”.

“Film was a really great way to reaching a broader audience. Since I was not specifically looking for particular kind of film, for me there was nothing wrong with doing a sex comedy film like Mastizade, as everywhere across the world sex is an important aspect of the comedic content,” Das said, adding that “the film has earned far more than anyone of my other films to date. “

Das will next be seen in a family-oriented Bollywood comedy ‘Santa Banta’ with Boman Irani and Johnny Lever. “Boman is one of those actors who is so good that you have to tell yourself to keep acting sometimes when you just want to watch him instead. He is consistently good in every film and every role. This will be a family/kids film with loads of comedy,” he said.

(The article was originally published in newsindiatimes.com)

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Playing games is necessary for all age groups as games keep our brain alert and active by making it do a lot of tasks quickly.

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There’s always a child in each one of us who loves to play, sing and do whatever he/she feels like doing. As we grow up, we tend to repress that child, and give up the childlike innocence and playfulness. The basic reason for the child in us getting repressed is our stopping to play sports and games. Sports activities are perhaps the most effective stress busters. But it’s not easy to pursue sports once one starts a professional career, except for sportspeople. Hence, online games have become popular with working people these days.  The hunger for playing games and winning in them has been fueled by the variety of online games available to the masses.

Playing gentle social games such as online rummy, which involves using mental skills and strategies and boosts our response mechanism, is both good and easy for working people. As a result, mental, calculative games like rummy and quizzes are fast becoming the numero uno choice of the netizens. Some of the most popular virtual games are as follows:

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Online Rummy: The virtual version of our age-old rummy has retained the charm of the game. The game has touched a new pinnacle of adoration and fan following as a number of sites now effectively teach how to play rummy online. Virtual rummy is played both cashless as well as on cash rummy sites. Cash rummy sites are more popular as they offer the player a chance to win cash in each game.

Online Quizzes: Online quizzes are a good pastime if you like to get your knowledge tested and updated. From fun quiz questions like “Who is your dream boyfriend/girlfriend?” or “Who is the celebrity you would wish to date?” to more serious ones that test your IQ or knowledge of world affairs, there is no shortage of questions to be answered in your leisure time.

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Online Ludo: Remember those blue, green, yellow and red checks on a square board with matching pegs? Yes, we all do, and that’s a part of our childhood we all cherish. Don’t be sad if you don’t find a partner who loves ludo as much as you do. An online version of the board game is available. A nostalgic and fun way to enjoy your leisure hours is to play online ludo.

Online Scrabble: If you’re proud of your vocabulary and love to show off the bombastic words in your armory, then you must be a fan of the game of Scrabble. If you want to use your vocabulary to win a game, you can always enjoy a round of online Scrabble.

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An online version of the board game is available.

Playing games is necessary for all age groups as games keep our brain alert and active by making it do a lot of tasks quickly and attentively. Thus, the online world has given us a new playground to explore and enjoy ourselves as much as one wishes.