Actor-comedian Vir Das opened up on being compared to actress Priyanka Chopra in a recent interview. The ‘Delhi Belly’ actor said that his success is ‘nowhere even close to the level of Priyanka Chopra’.
By calling her ‘the global Indian’, he lauded her for ‘breaking down the initial door’ for him to work in America. He added that there was a ‘big difference’ between the two as he was performing on popular celebrity chat shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, while Priyanka was the guest there.
Vir said on the The Ranveer Show, “Nowhere even close to the level of Priyanka. Like Priyanka is the global Indian. I walk into a room, and there’s like ‘you’re Indian, you like Priyanka Chopra, no?’ So that is a thing now. (Have been on Tonight Show etc.) But not like Priyanka Chopra. I have performed on the Tonight Show (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Priyanka Chopra is on the couch. It is a big difference, you know.”
He further added, “I could not have more respect for what she’s done. And when she says it is hard, I fully understand how hard it is for me now. And therefore how much harder it would have been for her to break down the initial door.”
Last year, Priyanka had attended Vir’s Los Angeles show. By calling Vir ‘brave and inspiring’, she posted a series of pictures on Instagram and wrote, “What a day! With Awesome friends watching an awesome friend do what he does best! @virdas you are so brave and so inspiring to me! Not to mention had me in tears laughing!! Thanks for having us.” Reacting on the same, Vir thanked her for opening all the doors for them.
Meanwhile, Vir has been performing in India as well as in the US. His fourth Netflix stand-up Vir Das: Landing was released in December 2022. On the movies front, he was last seen in ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’ in September 2017.
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