Vir Das wins the International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series, the first Indian comedian to achieve the feat

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  • Actor-comic Vir Das won the International Emmy Award for his stand-up special “Vir Das: Landing” in the best comedy category 
  • This was the second nomination and maiden win in the segment for the actor-comic, who shared the trophy with the popular British teen sitcom ‘Derry Girls’ season three 
  • Renowned producer Ektaa R Kapoor was honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award for a significant contribution to the world of arts and entertainment. 
  • She is the first Indian woman filmmaker to be bestowed with the recognition. 
  • Before Kapoor, media baron Subhash Chandra was presented with the Directorate Award in 2011. 

The 51st International Emmy Awards Gala was held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Actor-comic Vir Das won the International Emmy Award for his stand-up special “Vir Das: Landing” in the best comedy category, the organizers said.

This was the second nomination and maiden win in the segment for Das, who shared the trophy with the popular British teen sitcom “Derry Girls” season three. Bagging the International Emmy award for the best comedy is “an incredible honor that feels like a dream,” said Das.

“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, thanks to Netflix, Aakash Sharma, and Reg Tigerman who made it special,” Das said in a statement.

Das is also the first Indian comedian to achieve the feat.

“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,” he added. Das, also known for films such as “Go Goa Gone” and “Delhi Belly”, won the award for his fourth Netflix special “Vir Das: Landing”, a show about what it means to be truly global while looking for a home.

His last stand-up special “Vir Das: For India” was nominated for an International Emmy in the best comedy category in 2021. The other nominees in the best comedy category were “El Encargado” from Argentina and the French show “Le Flambeau” season two.

Every year, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences conducts the International Emmys with the aim to honour “the world’s best television”.

Renowned producer Ektaa R Kapoor was honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award for significant contribution to the world of arts and entertainment. Kapoor, co-founder of production house Balaji Telefilms, said she is delighted to receive the prestigious award. She is the first Indian woman filmmaker to be bestowed with the recognition.

Before Kapoor, media baron Subhash Chandra was presented with the Directorate Award in 2011.

Shefali Shah and Jim Sarbh were the other Indian artists to be nominated at the annual international awards ceremony. The first season of “Delhi Crime” won the International Emmy for best drama series in 2020, the first award for India at the awards.

(With inputs from the agencies)

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