Vir Das' neighbour shouts and sneezes at him for not wearing mask, comedian shares video on social media

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: May 25, 2020, 12:12 PM IST
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The actor-comedian, who recorded the incident, issued a statement on the matter on his Twitter late Sunday night.

Amid coronavirus lockdown, paranoia is working overtime for a lot of us. Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das just got a taste of it when his neighbour heckled him and sneezed at him for not wearing a mask.

Vir shared a video of the man, who can be seen screaming at Das for not wearing a mask. Das was standing at the doorstep of his own house and waiting to give his friend cooked food. The friend, Das states, lives three blocks away from him. But his neighbour, a senior citizen shouted at him for allegedly flouting social distance norms.

The actor-comedian, who recorded the incident, issued a statement on the matter on his Twitter late Sunday night. In the video, posted by Vir, one can see an elderly man shouting relentlessly and threatening actor for allegedly breaking the social distancing rules.

At one point, the man also appears to sneeze at Vir, even as the latter continues to request him to maintain social distancing of six feet.


Detailing the incident, Vir wrote, "This is one crazy evening. I live on the ground floor. We've got a little sit out. At 10pm, a neighbour came by, because we had cooked dinner for them too. We do that with them and also some of the others within the complex. We gave him a chair fifteen feet away, FULLY socially distanced. My neighbour had a can of coke from his house, a mask on, which he had pulled down to have a smoke. I was on the outdoor sit out area of my house, neighbour was in the complex, fully socially distanced. Five minutes later, this happens.

"This man is not my landlord, he lives on the first floor of the annexe building. He is upset because my landlord inherited the house I live in and he didn't. This man does not own my doorstep, my sit-out, or my house. I'm not sure if an old man threatening to assault me, or sneezing on me, or asking his dead parent to haunt me qualifies as harassment. But this is a little ridiculous. And before this turns into him going to the media, as he has done before, and I've sat through it quietly...I'm not normally one for drama I'm sorry but this crossed the line. How's your lockdown going?"


Several of Vir's celebrity friends including Kubbra Sait, Sayani Gupta and Shruti Seth lauded the comedian for keeping his composure throughout the argument.