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Comedian needs help to treat his painsWritten by Awrang Mukhtar
Saturday, 30 April 2011 12:02
He is 56-year-old and well-known across the country. He has made millions laugh and smile with his outstanding comic performances in movies, dramas and radio and television soaps.
Abdul Ahmad Khaksar was as young as 12 when he started performance on stage at a school in the northern Kunduz Province. "A human's life is nothing but a collection of performances," Khaksar told Killid in an exclusive interview about his life.
He is also popularly called "Mirak" for his role as a humorous comedian in a locally-produced film which attracted millions of viewers across the nation in 2006. The names Mirak and Khaksar brings smile to the faces of people who know the comedian actor and his exceptional entertaining talent.
"I have performed in hundreds of visual and audio dramas and films," he said when asked in how many dramas and films he had acted.
When sympathy yielded enmity
"When I was at grade 4 in the school, two new students joined our class. As was the case with all the new-comers, the two students were ill-received in our class and no one was willing to share a desk with them, except me."
The young Khaksar's generosity was well-received in the first day but misinterpreted afterwards. He was misperceived as weak and foolish.
"They started bullying me."
Finally, the unwanted incident took place and the three fought off.
"They were the relatives of a senior and influential official who wielded a lot of clout in the school and teachers were respectful of the two but when we fought I beat both of them - I was kind of hyperactive."
Khaksar was not left unpunished. Several teachers beat him up badly. "They pulled my body in the school yard and my face was severely wounded," he said pointing to scars on his face.
Early days on the stage
Khaksar's first formal stage performance took place in 1983 at the Radio-Television Afghanistan hall in Kabul. His exceptional skills quickly attracted the interests of viewers and producers alike and he was offered a contract to work as an actor and comedian by the state-run broadcaster.
Alongside acting, he has been a teacher at Abdul Hadi Dawi high school in Kabul. While most of his fellow actors, singers and performers were forced out of the country by the internecine fighting in 1990s Khakasr remained in Kabul and strived to bring about smile and happiness into the faces of his war-weary country men and women.
When televisions were off due to lack of electricity and only the radio was broadcasting, Khaksar's amusing jokes glued many to their radios.
Life was harsh under the Taliban who had banned television and other entertainments due to their unique interpretation from Islam.
"One day I saw a long queue of people outside the Alms and Charity Department in Kabul. I thought they had queued for a ration or aid distribution so I also joined them. One by one the people were entering the office and leaving through a separate exit gate. When I approached my turn, I was shocked to learn that actually the people had queued for punishment by the Vice and Virtue Department!"
As he tried to leave the queue, Khaksar was stopped by a guard. His pleas that he had done no wrong were not accepted and the famous comedian was punished for a crime he neither committed nor knew about it. During their reign in 1996-2001, the Taliban had imposed strict religious control measures on women and men. Women were encaged at home and deprived from education, work and other social activities and were only allowed to step outside their doorsteps with a head-to-toe cover called the Burka. Men were ordered to grow beard, use turbans and attend congregation prayers five times a day. Those deemed non-compliant to these rules were physically tortured by the notorious vice and virtue police.
US$5,000 to save his life
The beloved Afghan comedian has been suffering from kidney problems for 15 years. In 2004 President Hamid Karzai was informed about Khaksar's health problems and sent him to India for treatment.
"Indian doctors told me that my illness is curable but they said that the operation would require about $5,000. I did not have the money and had to return from India untreated."
Unlike other countries where celebrities, movie stars and comedians earn millions Khaksar has been living with a monthly salary of $200.
He is grateful to President Karzai for sending him to India where his diseases was diagnosed.
"I hope the President would be kind enough to send me to India again with my treatment expenses." Khaksar says his efforts to visit the president and ask him for help have been impeded by people working for the president.
Killid hopes that Mr. Karzai would read Khaksar's life story and help save his life.