• Thursday, August 11, 2022

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The Great Impersonators: Charlie Chaplin fans parade through Indian town

By: Sarwar Alam

Wearing bowler hats and fake moustaches while carrying walking sticks, hundreds of Charlie Chaplin fans shuffled bow-legged through a small Indian town to celebrate the comic actor’s birthday this week. Every year on April 16, residents of Adipur — in India’s far western state of Gujarat — honour the legendary silent actor’s birthday by imitating his slapstick style in a parade. Participants, which include young and old, male and female, are members of Charlie Circle, a local fan club that has been marking Chaplin’s birthday annually since 1973. Chaplin enthusiast and impersonator Ashok Aswani set up the club. He was…

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