From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation.
Videos and photos of Abbas Alizada, 20, posted on the Facebook page â€œBruce Hazaraâ€ show him performing back flips and striking Leeâ€™s famous poses. They blazed through Afghanistanâ€™s small Internet community this week, part of a publicity burst he hopes will catapult him to broader fame.
â€œI want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star,â€ Alizada said at Kabulâ€™s desolate Darulaman palace, where he trains twice a week, swirling nunchakus and sporting a Lee-like bowl haircut.
Alizada is from a poor family of 10 children. His parents could not afford the fees at an academy of Wushu, a Chinese mixed martial art, but the trainer took him under his wing.
And for those who consider Abulfazl Abbas Shakoory just a knockoff, itâ€™s worth mentioning that his martial arts prowess is genuine. In a recent Wushu tournament held in Kabul, the Afghan Bruce Lee ranked at the top of his category. Talking to Ruptly about his ambitions, he said â€œâ€I would like to be a sportsman and a champion for Afghanistan.â€
â€œThe only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war â€¦ I am happy that my story is a positive one,â€ Alizada said.MYNEWSHUB