'Whiskey Cavalier': Everything to know about Vir Das who plays FBI agent Jai Datta in ABC dramedy

The ABC show's premiere on February 24 saw a cast that was inclusive in the truest sense of the word, and one of the actors is Indian comedian Vir Das


                            'Whiskey Cavalier': Everything to know about Vir Das who plays FBI agent Jai Datta in ABC dramedy

The cast of 'Whiskey Cavalier' is very inclusive, and among the actors in the ABC dramedy is Indian comedian Vir Das. Das plays Jai Datta, an FBI agent who becomes part of Whiskey Cavalier and Fiery Tribune's team of supersleuths, and who helps them from time to time on their missions.

Many in the US would remember Das from his appearance on Conan O’Brien’s late-night show in November 2017, where according to the Indian comic, the host “very generously gave him five minutes to talk about 7 billion people”.

He had appeared earlier on the show in April the same year to mark the release of his comedy special 'Abroad Understanding,' Netflix's first ever Indian comedy special on 25 April, 2017.

Das, an actor, comedian, and YouTube personality, spent his early years in Nigeria before moving to the US for higher education. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Knox College, Illinois in Economics and Theatre with a concentration in performance and also saw him become a brother of Knox's Delta Theta chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Vir Das as Jai Datta in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: ABC)
Vir Das as Jai Datta in 'Whiskey Cavalier'. (Source: ABC)

 

Das had his major comedy breakthrough with the stand-up special ‘Brown Men Can’t Hump,’ which debuted at the Knock Harbach Theatre in 2010.

After completing his education, Das returned to India, where he started hosting and appearing in comedy shows such as the popular ‘The Great Indian Comedy Show' and went on to make his film debut with a small role in the Bollywood drama ‘Namastey London’. He's also played the lead role in the film ‘Mumbai Salsa’.

Fans have seen Das appearing in many Bollywood movies over the years, and he's played important parts in some big Bollywood titles like ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Go Goa Gone’, ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ and ‘31st October’.

Das' main role in the Indian black comedy film ‘Delhi Belly’ saw him rise to fame, with the film becoming a huge commercial success, grossing around USD 18.76 million approx. on a 3 million dollar budget. The film was critically acclaimed and went on to win three Filmfare Awards, the biggest movie awards given by Bollywood. Moreover, he has worked with high-profile Bollywood actors like Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan among others.

Vir Das as Jai Datta in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
(Source: ABC)
Vir Das as Jai Datta in 'Whiskey Cavalier'.
(Source: ABC)

 

The multi-talented Das has six comedy specials under his belt, and which he wrote and directed himself. In December 2018, Das released his second Netflix comedy special, entitled 'Losing It'.

He was also named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch for 2017". Das has extended his comedic vocabulary with his band Alien Chutney, to which he contributes on the vocals. 

With his reputation as being one of the best and most creative comics in India, he has established himself in Bollywood and is well on his way to establishing a footing in Hollywood.

Jai Datta (Vir Das) and Edgar Standish (Tyler James Williams) in 'Whiskey Cavalier' (Source: ABC)
Jai Datta (Vir Das) and Edgar Standish (Tyler James Williams) in 'Whiskey Cavalier' (Source: ABC)

 

 

 

'Whiskey Cavalier' premiered on 24 February and will be airing weekly episodes, only on ABC.