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Telling members of the graduating class at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois that they are the smartest they will ever be, actor-comedian Vir Das advised them to embrace stupidity. “That’s all life really is,” he told the 329 members of the class of 2018, “the journey from knowing ‘what’s what’ to asking ‘what?’

Jokes and jibes about politics have become a mainstay in American showbiz. But in India, it is the comedians who enjoy more leeway than other artistes when it comes to making a political commentary, says actor-comedian Vir Das. Bollywood stars have become more prudent than ever about commenting on socio-political issues.