For India, for Indian comedy: Vir Das on Emmy win

Actor-comedian Vir Das won his first Emmy award. Das won the International Emmy Award for his stand-up special Vir Das: Landing in the best comedy category. Das was nominated in 2021 for the same category for the show the stand-up special named For India.

The 51st International Emmy Awards Gala was held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City on late Monday night.

This was the second nomination for Das, who shared the trophy with popular British teen sitcom Derry Girls season three, PTI reported.

Das shared a picture of him with the trophy on Instagram. “For India For Indian comedy. Every breath, every word. Thank you to the @iemmys for this incredible honour,” he wrote. “This moment is truly surreal – an incredible honour that feels like a dream. Winning an Emmy for Vir Das: Landing in the ‘Comedy Category’ is not just a milestone for me but for Indian comedy as a whole. It’s heartening to see Vir Das: Landing resonate globally,” he said in a statement shared by Netflix. “Thanks to Netflix, Aakash Sharma and Reg Tigerman who made it special. My journey from crafting local stories to receiving a global accolade has been both challenging and rewarding, and Netflix has been instrumental in that growth. I’m excited about the continued exploration of diverse narratives, from Noida to the International Emmys – India gets you there,” Das went on to say, according to a PTI report. 

Other Indians who were nominated for the Emmys were Shefali Shah and Rocket Boys actor Jim Sarbh. Shah, who was nominated in the best actress category for the second season of Delhi Crime, lost out to Karla Souza, who won the award for her performance in the Mexican series, La Caida. Sarbh, who was nominated for the best actor category for the series Rocket Boys, lost out to Martin Freeman, who won for The Responder.

Producer Ektaa R Kapoor, co-founder of production house Balaji Telefilms was honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award for her significant contribution to the world of arts and entertainment. She is the first Indian woman filmmaker to be bestowed with the recognition. The production house helmed by her has produced numerous shows including Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Kaahin Kissii Roz, Kasautii Zindagii Kay and “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain“.

Daughter of veteran film star Jeetendra and producer Shobha Kapoor, she has also produced multiple movies including Shootout at Lokhandwala, Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Dirty Picture, Lootera and Udta Punjab, among others. 

The Emmys were hosted by US magician Penn Jillette. Other big wins include The Empress, for best drama series, The Smeds and The Smoos for best kids’ show, animation and Harley & Katya for best sports documentary.

— With PTI inputs