The actor-comedian Vir Das’ neighbour sneezed onto him for reportedly breaking the social distancing norms. However, dismissing the allegations, Vir accused the man of harassing and threatening him.
The Delhi Belly actor who has also recorded the incident, issued a statement on the incident on his Twitter on Sunday. In the video posted by the comedian, one can see an elderly man shouting at him for allegedly breaking the social distancing rules. At a point, the neighbour can even be seen sneezing at Vir, even as the actor continues to request him to maintain 6-feet distance. The elderly neighbour can even be seen saying, “Don’t laugh I’ll give you one blo**y slap” and that he wishes his dead parents would “haunt” Das.
Explaining his side, the comedian wrote, “I live on the ground floor. We’ve got a little sit out. At 10 pm 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 annex 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?”
Celebrities like Sayani Gupta, Kubbara Sait and Shruti Seth reacted to his tweet with shock.