The Charlie Doctor
September 29, 2009 2:41 PM Subscribe
An Indian Doctor's Cure-All: Charlie Chaplin "Aswani's pushing sixty. He's not in great physical shape, thanks to a bad motorcycle accident years ago and also arthritis but he can do the funny walk beautifully."
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In a story about movies that seems like it would make a good movie itself* (or at least a moving story on This (Non-)American Life), Ashok Aswani, a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine in Adipur, India has taken the phrase "laughter is the best medicine" to its logical conclusion and hands out free DVDs of Chaplin movies to cheer up his patients
Known as "The Charlie Doctor", he's carries a fake moustache in his wallet so he's always prepared to do his imitation of Charlie Chaplin and to cheer himself up. He prays to a large Charlie Chaplin cutout before each meeting of the club he's started locally the Charlie Circle
* - In fact, filmmaker Kathryn Millard
did turn this story into a movie in her documentary The Book Cake.
For full effect, I recommend listening to the story rather than just reading the NPR text.