NEW DELHI: In a momentous achievement, Indian stand-up comedian Vir Das secured victory at the Emmy Awards 2023 in the unique comedy special category. The 44-year-old artist, renowned for his Netflix special "Vir Das: Landing," shared the coveted award with 'Derry Girls - Season 3' at the prestigious ceremony held in New York City.
"Vir Das: Landing" stood out for its exploration of the intersection between Indian and American cultures, cleverly dissected through the lens of politics. Streaming on Netflix, the comedy special showcased Vir Das' ability to navigate the complexities of these cultural blends with humor and wit.
Expressing his gratitude on Twitter, Vir Das shared a photo with the Emmy Award, stating, "For India, For Indian Comedy. Every breath, every word. Thank you to the Emmys for this incredible honor." The win not only solidifies Das' place in the global comedy scene but also marks a significant moment for Indian comedic talent on the international stage.
Meanwhile, the International Emmy Awards 2023 saw two Indian series from the OTT platform gaining nominations. Actress Shefali Shah's "Delhi Crime Season 2" and Vir Das' "Veer Das: Landing" both earned recognition, although Shah did not clinch the award. The Best Actor category went to Mexican actor Karla Souza for her role in the series "La Caida," beating out Shah and other nominees.
Shefali Shah, gracious in defeat, took to her Instagram Stories to congratulate Vir Das. "You make us so, so proud. You won this for all of us," she wrote, emphasizing the collective celebration of Indian talent in the global arena.
Reflecting on his nomination earlier, Vir Das expressed his belief in the need for a global comedy voice outside India. He highlighted the potential for Indian comedians to take international audiences on a journey through the nuances of cities like Mumbai and Delhi, much like their American counterparts do.
This year's Emmy Awards featured 56 candidates from over 20 countries, underscoring the event's global reach and the increasing impact of the International Emmy Awards. Among the Indian nominees, Shefali Shah and Jim Sarbh for "Delhi Crime Season 2" and "Rocket Boys," respectively, also received recognition, though Shah lost to Karla Souza, and Jim to Martin Freeman for "The Responder."