(Web Desk) – People in war-torn Afghanistan are in dire need of amusements and recreational activities. Amid this, the role of artists rises. One of such personality is Karim Asir who is an Afghani version of Charlie Chaplin, a famous English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, better known as “the Tramp", who rose to prominence during the era of silent films. Karim always wanted to study theatre.



Karim Asir likes to visits various places of public gatherings, in the unique attire, where he attracts attention. Photo: File


“I said to my father and to my mother that I can’t be a doctor but I have [the] skill to become an artist.” Parents of Chaplin impersonator Karim Asir expressed apprehension, but he is doing what he likes to.

He has gained reputation among the Afghanis. This is because of the fact that he makes their time qualitative and worth enjoying through his jocular activities. In a country where people are vexed as bombs, bullets, blasts, killings horrify them spending time watching him is something incomparable for them.



Karim Asir performing at a school in Kabul. Photo: Reuters


His aim is to lessen the sufferings of Afghanis who have been the victim to a lot in the hands of extremism and terrorism. Hundreds and thousands of Afghanis have lost their lives in the callous war on terror that engulfed them indiscriminately.



Karim Asir is afraid of attack but committed to carry on his interest. Photo: File


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Karim Asir is committed to his work no matter how many threats he receives. He firmly believes over the words of Charlie Chaplin, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Although he is doing what he likes to, but there are evident threats to his life and he has conveyed them at multiple occasions.

“I am afraid of getting attacked by a suicide bomber or an explosion but these issues cannot stop me from being Charlie Chaplin,” he said.

By Junaid Ali Malik