Bollywood actor Vir Das to star in American musical “Country Eastern”


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Indian comedian and actor Vir Das shows his international appeal once again, this time with an offbeat American series.

Das will develop and star in a “Unique American Country Musical Series, ‘Country Eastern'” for FOX.

“This is a whole new, exciting project that is in the works and I am happy to report that the series is now in development,” Das said in a statement. “The writing of the series is currently in progress. I am delighted to collaborate with such immensely talented names, each of whom has envious jobs. It’s a unique comedy and I can’t wait to shoot the series soon ”.

On the show, Das will play a wealthy Indian man who will move to Memphis, Tennessee to start his life over with his family and pursue his dream – wait – of becoming a country music singer. However, he must gain some life experience if he hopes to find something to sing about.

In the past, Das has made a name for himself with his many Netflix comedies and Bollywood films such as “Love Aaj Kal”, “Go Goa Gone” and “Mastizaade”.

Actor and comedian Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine Nine”) is slated to produce the series. Das will co-write and produce with Sam Laybourne, who is also the showrunner.

Das is expected to be seen soon in the Hollywood film “The Bubble”, directed by Judd Apatow.

Last month, Das grabbed the headlines with a monologue titled “I Am From Two Indies”, as part of a performance at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Some people loved the article which raised issues such as crimes against women and politics. But some were furious with Das portraying the Indian in a negative light. A police complaint has even been filed against the star in Delhi for allegedly using derogatory language against India.

Following criticism, Das released a statement on Twitter.

“The video is a satire on the duality of two very distinct Indies doing different things,” he wrote. “Like any nation, there is light and darkness, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video invites us to never forget that we are great. Never stop focusing on what makes us strong.


Javier E. Swan