Actor-comedian Vir Das tried to explain what has caused audiences to fall out of favor with Bollywood in recent years. Das speculated that social media was at the root of this shift in perception, as ordinary people realized they could be the stars of their own story, and celebrities struggled to appear relatable during the pandemic.
The comedian pointed out that with the introduction of Instagram Reels and other social media tools, everyone has turned into a “hero”. Speaking on The Ranveer Show podcast, Vir Das said, “Earlier, the hero was standing on a mountain, music was playing, there was mystery and aspiration. Then social media happened and you became a hero. It wasn’t limited to 10 privileged people.’
He said Bollywood stars suffered the most when they tried to appear relatable on social media. He said: “And then the pandemic happened, the facade of every single Bollywood star was taken away and suddenly we saw all the big Bollywood stars trying to be themselves on social media.”
He added: “So now this generation is telling you to forget all that nonsense. “Can you take my little piece of India and put our story, our perspective there?” And if you are giving me a leak, I want Avengers, Bahubali, RRR. I want that level of escapism. I can do this nonsense myself.” We’re redefining what it means to have fans.” While discussing the Hollywood script, Vir Das quipped that whenever people ask if Hollywood has lost its power, Tom Cruise resurrects it.
Vir Das recently released his special, Landingon Netflix.