Kabul: A Hazara Comedian, Sharif Watandost, became ‘Khanda Salaar’ of the Year in a comedy competition run by Tolo Tv, Afghanistan’s most watched TV channel.
Similar to Afghan Star, Khanda Bazaar, the competition, was based on SMS voting. After a tough competition with his final rival, Riaz Ahmad Sher, from Nangarhar, Sharif was able to convince the public and the judges through some of his best comedy skits to vote him Khanda Salaar.
Khanda Bazaar (‘laughter bazaar’) started last year, and visited all the provinces across the country to select aspiring comedians. The judges of Khanda Bazaar’s season two competition were the hosts of the Zang-e-Khatar program on Tolo TV.
Sharif Watandost, son of Muhammad, was born 1980. He is a baker (‘naan-bai’) from Behsud. Sharif now lives in Kabul.
Due to decades of war and financial problems, Sharif could not continue his studies after finishing fifth grade. Sharif is interested in acting in comedy movies.
Aria Production, a media production company, announced a reward of Afg.75,000 (approximately US$1,600) for Sharif.