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Spreading Smiles in Afghanistan: Meet Karim Asir, Afghan's Chaplin

World | Reuters | November 11, 2018, 9:51 am
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 Meet Karim Asir, Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin, who is known for spreading happiness through his performances. (Image: Reuters)

Meet Karim Asir, Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin, who is known for spreading happiness through his performances. (Image: Reuters)

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 Asir’s early years were in Iran, where his family fled after the hardline Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1996. There he saw performances of Chaplin on Iranian TV. (Image: Reuters)

Asir’s early years were in Iran, where his family fled after the hardline Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1996. There he saw performances of Chaplin on Iranian TV. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir is seen watching a Charlie Chaplin movie at his residence. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir is seen watching a Charlie Chaplin movie at his residence. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir, an ardent fan of Charlie Chaplin, followed the footsteps of his idol and started doing mime acts. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir, an ardent fan of Charlie Chaplin, followed the footsteps of his idol and started doing mime acts. (Image: Reuters)

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 Chaplin impersonators are found all over the world helping people ignore grief and making them laugh, and he does the same, says Karim. (Image: Reuters)

Chaplin impersonators are found all over the world helping people ignore grief and making them laugh, and he does the same, says Karim. (Image: Reuters)

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 After the family returned home, Asir started wearing make-up and recreating Chaplin’s characters in his performances, despite his parent’s apprehensions. (Image: Reuters)

After the family returned home, Asir started wearing make-up and recreating Chaplin’s characters in his performances, despite his parent’s apprehensions. (Image: Reuters)

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 Afghanistan’s traditional culture includes music and performance arts. However, under the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001, most cultural activities were banned because they were seen as anti-Islamic. (Image: Reuters)

Afghanistan’s traditional culture includes music and performance arts. However, under the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001, most cultural activities were banned because they were seen as anti-Islamic. (Image: Reuters)

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 People click pictures of Karim Asir as he arrives in Kabul Zoo, Afghanistan for his performance. (Image: Reuters)

People click pictures of Karim Asir as he arrives in Kabul Zoo, Afghanistan for his performance. (Image: Reuters)

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 Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin, Karim Asir performs at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Afghanistan's Charlie Chaplin, Karim Asir performs at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Schoolboys burst into laughter while watching Karim Asir's performance at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Schoolboys burst into laughter while watching Karim Asir's performance at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 In Kabul, when Asir’s fans surround him to take selfies, he smiles but is constantly worried about attacks. In this photo, Karim is seen posing with a female fan. (Image: Reuters)

In Kabul, when Asir’s fans surround him to take selfies, he smiles but is constantly worried about attacks. In this photo, Karim is seen posing with a female fan. (Image: Reuters)

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 “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. (Image: Reuters)

“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. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir says he wants to give his people a chance to forget their problems such as war, conflicts and insecurity in Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir says he wants to give his people a chance to forget their problems such as war, conflicts and insecurity in Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Mime artist Karim Asir is seen performing at a school in Kabul Zoo, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Mime artist Karim Asir is seen performing at a school in Kabul Zoo, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir during the rehearsals. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir during the rehearsals. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir reacts in a mirror before his performance in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir reacts in a mirror before his performance in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir strikes some animated poses ahead of his performance. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir strikes some animated poses ahead of his performance. (Image: Reuters)

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 Karim Asir interacts with fans before his performance in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

Karim Asir interacts with fans before his performance in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters)

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