Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vir Das, and “Aarya” who were nominated for the Emmy Awards did not win at the 2021 International Emmy Awards, but the comedian claimed it was “an honour” to represent the country.
To whom they lost?
Siddiqui, who was nominated for best performance by an actor for his film “Serious Men,” was beaten by Scottish actor David Tennant for “Des” in the category.
Meanwhile, Vir Das, who was nominated for comedy “Vir Das: For India” was beaten by “Call my Agent” Season 4 from France in this category.
Susmita Sen-led series “Aarya” which was nominated for best drama series category alongside Chile’s “El Presidente”, Israel’s “Tehran” and the second season of “There She Goes” from the UK. “Aarya” lost to Israel’s “Tehran”.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was present at the award ceremony in person in New York. This is his second year at the International Emmys; he attended in 2019 with two series nominated for Best Drama, Sacred Games and McMafia, both of which won.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui acted as a slum dweller who misinterprets his young son as a genius in Sudhir Mishra’s film Serious Men. Nawazuddin Siddiqui posted on Instagram ahead of the International Emmy Awards, “#SeriousMen was a dream project for many reasons and one of them was working with the great director Sudhir Mishra. It’s an honour to be nominated for the prestigious Emmys. I still cannot forget my last experience here. I’m overjoyed as this is my second time at the Emmys and that too with a Netflix title.”
Vir Das: For India
Vir Das couldn’t win the International Emmy for Best Comedy, but that’s alright because he lost to Call My Agent! – which he describes as “a gigantic, beautiful show” – and for which he received a medal as well as a delicious salad. Vir was one of three Indian nominees for the International Emmys this year, and was recently in the news for his “Two Indias” monologue in Washington. While his Netflix show Vir Das: For India didn’t win, the comedian said in an Instagram post that “it was an honour to represent my country,” and that “It’s always for India.”
Vir posted a photo of the medal and citation he received, as well as a photo of one of the Salas who seems to have impressed him. He captioned the post, “I was nominated for best comedy at the International Emmy Awards, for jokes. Call My Agent, a gigantic beautiful show I love won. But I got this medal, and ate this fantastic salad with a very interesting crispy cheese topping. It was an honour to represent my country. Thanks so much to the International Emmys For India. It’s always for India. #VirDasForIndia.”
Vir Das told NDTV in New York ahead of the International Emmys that satire is his work and that he will continue to send “love letters to my country” as long as he can continue to do comedy.
In an exclusive interview with NDTV he said, “I think laughter is a celebration and when laughter and applause fill up a room… that’s a moment of pride. I think that any Indian who has a sense of humour, or understands satire, or watches my entire video, knows that that’s what happened in that room”.
Sen’s “Aarya” series, directed by Ram Madhvani, was nominated for best drama series alongside “El Presidente” from Chile, “Tehran” from Israel, and the second season of “There She Goes” from the UK.
India’s run at the yearly awards came to an end when Israel’s “Tehran” won the drama series category.
Madhvani had intended to carry the trophy home on Monday. “Here we are after taking a 16-hour flight, we are hoping when we go back, we will win but even if we don’t it is a big big thing to be nominated”.