Mumbai, July 24: So far he has put his funny side up, but now stand-up comedian-turned-actor Virr Das turns serious for “Jaane Kyon” and even shed a lot of weight to fit into the role in the 1984 riots-based movie.

Set in the backdrop of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the film is a true story of a family who survived the riots on the night of Oct 31 that year. “My next film is a serious drama. It is titled ‘Jaane Kyon’ and its based on 1984 riots. I have shot half of it and now waiting for my beard to grow, so I can start shooting again,” Virr told IANS.

So far he has done fun-filled movies like “Delhi Belly”, “Go Goa Gone” as well as “Revolver Rani”, but for him “Jaane Kyon” is the toughest.

“It’s the toughest film so far because I had to lose weight and look much leaner for the film. I had lost nine kgs for the film,” said the actor. Virr will be seen with Soha Ali Khan in the film which is scheduled to release in October this year.  For him, it was not a cake walk to get into the serious genre after being part of comedies.

He said: “It was difficult to get into serious genre but at the end of the day, I am an actor and as an actor you can’t keep on doing comedy. You have to explore everything.”