The 51st International Emmy Awards witnessed a momentous occasion as Indian filmmaker Ekta Kapoor secured the esteemed Directorate Award on Monday, November 20. This landmark achievement marked Kapoor as the first Indian woman filmmaker to grasp the prestigious International Emmy Directorate Award.
Adding to the celebration, Vir Das, renowned comedian and actor, alongside the anticipated release of Derry Girls season 3, was bestowed with the esteemed International Emmy for Comedy. Remarkably, this marked Das's second nomination for an International Emmy.
Das clinched the coveted award for his uproarious Netflix comedy special, "Vir Das: Landing," a groundbreaking win that positioned him as the inaugural Indian comedian to achieve this esteemed honor.
Expressing his elation, Das shared, "Winning an Emmy for 'Vir Das: Landing' in the 'Comedy Category' signifies not only a personal milestone but a significant triumph for Indian comedy on the global stage. The resonance of 'Vir Das: Landing' worldwide is heartening, and I owe immense gratitude to Netflix, Aakash Sharma, and Reg Tigerman for making this endeavor truly special."
Das stands as the trailblazing Indian comedian to accomplish this milestone, reflecting on his journey from crafting local narratives to attaining global acclaim. He acknowledged the pivotal role of Netflix in fostering his growth and expressed anticipation for the continuous exploration of diverse storytelling, bridging the gap from Noida to the International Emmys.
Renowned for his roles in films like "Go Goa Gone" and "Delhi Belly," Das secured the award for his fourth Netflix special, "Vir Das: Landing," a thought-provoking show delving into the essence of global identity and the quest for belonging.
Notably, Das's preceding stand-up special, "Vir Das: For India," garnered a nomination for the International Emmy's best comedy category in 2021, further cementing his status as a leading figure in the realm of international comedy.