Alil Vardar, the son of Albanian immigrants, runs a small business that knows no crisis. Owner, among others, of the Palace theater, this 'speaker' - as he likes to describe himself - is not afraid to face taboo issues such as sex and money in his dramas.
His comedy 'The Clan of the Divorced' has attracted viewers for more than 14 years. Only in Paris he runs La Grande Comedie, the Comedie Republique and the mythical Palace, which remained closed for over ten years before being bought by Vardar.
On the other side of the periphery
Son of Albanian immigrants in a poor neighborhood in Brussels, he lived for a long time 'social misery but not emotional misery' before arriving in France.
"My father left when I was 4 years. My mother was illiterate until her death. I am the youngest of five children. We had no money, people came to wear clothes at a festival. ”- recalls Vardar.
Not good enough for the sport and not enough scholar for the school, Alil writes his first drafts at 22 years, leaving the military service. Three years later he bought his first theater with his brother Hazis, thanks to his savings as a messenger and baker.
The Clan of The Divorced and the beginning of glory
His career began in the 2004, with the comedy 'The Clan of The Divorced' created in a café-theater in Toulouse purchased by the Vardar brothers. The story of these three bachelors - a bourgeois, a British, and a 'female Shrek' played by Alil himself - continues to be a resounding success, driven by his triumph at the Avignon Off.
On television it was broadcast eighteen times, with more than two million viewers each time.
"I mostly write about mixed families, couples. Also because people don't come to the theater to see my life, but to see theirs. It's more fun.”- continues Alil
The mafia and the film 'Taken'
The sudden success has also created some problems for the Vardar brothers.
"Since we are both Albanians, we have been accused of being part of some Mafia association. It is not a nationality that people trust. Me too, after seeing the movie 'Taken', I wanted to capture one of my cousins and teach him a lesson; people think they are only the Albanians, but it is not. ”- says Alil.
The acquisition of the Palace was a particularly difficult issue. Previously many had tried, unsuccessfully: Alil and her brother, however, overcame all obstacles, which did nothing but provoke more jealousy.
"Unlike my detractors, the light of others illuminates me, it does not blind me. " - concludes Alil.
A wonderful life
Despite now leading a wonderful life, Alil Vardar claims he does not need this popularity. He who built an empire remaining in the shadow of everything and everyone.
His greatest love is for the scene, not the success nor the money:
"In the end when you grew up with so much love, with a true brotherhood, money is just a detail. "
The article was originally published in Le Figaro