Actor-comedian Vir Das called out a troll on Twitter, who morphed and posted a tweet claiming it to be by the former.
The tweet in question had Vir Das’ name and picture with the quote “I think Islam is more a business than religion as it talks about Prophet.”
Meanwhile, the caption of the now deleted tweet read, “Brave comedian @thevirdas deleted this tweet. Does anyone know why? Keep spreading this until it reaches to every concerned maulavi and maulana.”
Das quote-tweeted the same and wrote, “Dear @Twitter @TwitterIndia this man is sharing a tweet he claims I 'deleted' but never sent. Tweet is from 2011, DP is from 2018. Full stop between date and time, he put a comma. And they mispelled business. Their graphic designer is very stooped.”
In a subsequent tweet he added, “Update...the man and his account are gone. That was quick. Thanks twitter bye IT cell.”
Earlier in June, Hindutva activist and former Shiv Sena member, Ramesh Solanki had recently challenged actor-comedian Vir Das to make a joke about 'Izlam or Prophet'.
The 'Hashmukh' actor replied to his tweet and asked him to buy a Netflix subscription.
Das tweeted: "Namashkar Sir. Kripya Netflix subscription lijiye. Vahan har bhagvan pe mere jokes milenge. Maaf kijiye, main free ke joke nahin maarta, aur free me challenge nahin leta. Jab aap aur aapne paise alag honge, aapko Vir aur Das dono sath sath milenge. Enjoy"
Das had earlier taken to Twitter to talk about 'what comedy should or shouldn't be'. He wrote, "If you liked a joke or didn't...that's valuable feedback. But I'm pretty sure I speak for many comics when I say: If you've never written a joke, stood on a stage, or made a career out of this...spare us your long sanctimonious thesis on what comedy should or shouldn't be about."
Solanki, who calls himself 'a very proud Hindu Indian Nationalist', had replied to his tweet saying: "Ek baar Izlam aur Pròphet pe comedy karke dikha de. Vir alag aur Das alag hojaayega. Hai Dum .. Open challenge chal Comedian kya bolta hai?"
On the work front, Das was seen in the Netflix series, 'Hasmukh', which he has co-created and written with Nikkhil Advani.
'Hasmukh' is about an ambitious comic who realises that the only way he can "kill it on stage" is if he "kills off stage".