People who can bring smiles on gloomy faces are real-life heroes. Since COVID hit our lives recreational options get confined, and people are down for obvious reasons. Peshawar is known for its whizzing and darting life where energies are halted by a global pandemic. Meet ‘Pakistani Charlie Chaplin’ from Peshawar: Usman Khan.
Meanwhile, a man in a bowtie, bowler hat, and carrying a cane flashily weave through busy traffic, barely ducking rickshaws, motorcycles, and buses in a scene reminiscent of a 1920s silent film. Meet Usman Khan, a ‘Pakistani Charlie Chaplin’ from Peshawar.
Usman transformed into the king of comedy, Charlie Chaplin to sprinkle laughter
Chaplin pushes the idea of heartfelt comedy films forward. People still love the way he acted and glad the audience. He also had a great understanding of what was funny. He had spent years in a music hall comedy troupe before the inflowing film, so he had an understanding of comedy with and without a spoken word. He knew how to dress, how to act, how to walk, and how to react to induce laughter.
Usman Khan, a resident of Peshawar, has reaped appreciation on social media owing to his comic lexes intending to bring ear to ear smiles to provide the audience relief from anxiety and ordeal.
Meet ‘Pakistani Charlie Chaplin’ from Peshawar: Usman Khan
Khan spelt out his amusing energies in the interview to Dawn!
“Since my early childhood, I would get people’s attention because of my unusual facial expressions, loaded with a bit of mischief that aroused rich laughter.”
Khan wants to get some love and fame as earned by the Chaplin!
“I tried my best to act like the silent comedian, who was propelled to global fame with his witty antics. One day, I showed one of my shoots to my parents and they were stunned by my witty art. After watching videos and films of Charlie, my body is now fully wrestled with comic expressions and even in sleep, I act like him as I get up with a laugh and go to bed with a giggle because I strongly believe laughter is the best medicine.”
The young comedian let himself deeply absorb in the moves of Charlie Chaplin!
“I was determined that I would use my talent for bringing masses out of stress through my comic expressions and would earn world fame as Pakistani Charlie Chaplin, positively contributing to society. Most of my videos are characterized by social satire that motivates people to correct their faults. I attempt to contribute to my community through comedy. I am three in one — scriptwriter, actor, and editor. I just want to arouse laughter to reduce the intensity of sadness and devastation that have griped our society for long.”
Khan, 28, involved in charity amidst the deadly contagion!
“I used to sell children’s toys from a pavement stand amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. When the coronavirus was around, a lot of people were under real stress, some people gave up on life. I was watching Charlie’s videos and thought, ‘Let me act like Charlie’.”
Khan dons the familiar costume of Chaplin’s “The Tramp” character
“I wear a fake moustache and a little eyeliner and then takes to the streets, often accompanied by friends filming, hoping to bring a bit of cheer in dreary times. Making people smile with silent comedy, winning people’s hearts with silent comedy is a difficult task.”
Usman Khan won Social Media in a Short Span
” In just two months, I have gained more than 800,000 followers on the social media platform Tik Tok — people from around the globe who find my comedy a welcome respite from the pandemic and its lockdowns and social-distancing. I hope to film and television producers will notice me as well. If I ever became wealthy, I would share my earnings with the poor. When I leave my home, I shut the door on my problems and look to bring happiness to others.”
We pray and anticipate the BEST OF LUCK for the emerging star having big dreams to shine.