A series of complaints have been registered against actor and comedian Vir Das after his 'Two Indias' monologue went viral on social media. A complaint was registered with the Mumbai police on Tuesday by high court lawyer Ashutosh Dubey, who serves as the legal advisor of BJP-Maharashtra Palghar district.
Another complaint was registered in Delhi Police by Aditya Jha, a spokesperson of the BJP today for "belittling the country on foreign soil."
Jha tweeted a video saying that he will not tolerate anyone insulting the nation in another country. He also said that he will fight for the arrest of Vir Das.
The comedian on Monday posted a video filmed at his show at Washington's Kennedy centre on which, in a six-minute monologue, he describes two contrasting faces of India.
"I come from an India that has the largest working population under 30 on this planet but still listens to 75-year-old leaders with 150-year-old ideas," he was seen saying on the video.
Many clips and pictures of the same were shared on Twitter, specifically the part where Das was saying, "I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night."
Soon after the videos racked up millions of views and he was heavily trolled by some and was praised by a few people.
Following this, he issued a clarification stating that his intention was to serve as a reminder that the country, despite its issues, was "great." The video is a satire about the duality of two separate India's that do different things.
"Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great. It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in, and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. That's the point of the video and the reason for the applause," Das said in the statement.
He also urged the people to "cheer for the country with hope, not hate" and asked his followers to not mislead people by sharing edited clips.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Kapil Sibal has come out in support of him. He wrote on Twitter, "Vir Das None can doubt that there are two Indias. Just that we don't want an Indian to tell the world about it. We are intolerant and hypocritical."