Vir Das attacks celebrities promoting Lakshadweep in India-Maldives dispute

International Emmy-winning comedian Vir Das has commented on Indian celebrities promoting tourism in Lakshadweep Islands. Das' comments come amid tensions between India and the Maldives after a Maldives minister criticized the picturesque islands of Lakshadweep as derogatory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.

Several Bollywood stars, including Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Sara Ali Khan, have since expressed their support for the archipelago and encouraged Indians to explore its beauty.

Das, on the other hand, took a sharp swipe at the celebrities and their obsession with vacationing in the Maldives, which could potentially fail given the tensions between the two nations at the moment.

Das went to X to talk about Indian influencers and celebrities who had been working on their Maldives vacation pictures for weeks but were now afraid to share them on social media.

He tweeted on Monday: “Firstly, I’m glad Lakshadweep is getting some love! Secondly, there is an Indian celebrity/influencer living somewhere in the Maldives right now who has gone carb-free for two weeks, taken the best vacation photos ever and…”is AFRAID to post them.”

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This then took a swipe at the celebrities who had posted similar texts about Lakshadweep to appease the authorities. “The next actor to post a honeymoon photo from Madh Island will get a National Award. Pakka.”

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The response to Vir's tweet hit home

Another said: “Few delete the past ones too.” Another tweeted: “One (Indian influencer/celebrity) already posted pictures last week and is now lecturing others to stay away.”

Sara Ali Khan, Jahnvi Kapoor, Urvashi Rautela, John Abraham, Shraddha Kapoor and many other Bollywood actors released photos from Lakshadweep amid boycott calls in Maldives. The celebs joined the trend of promoting Indian tourism after prominent figures in Maldives mocked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Modi had recently shared pictures of his trip to Lakshadweep Islands.