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Reef Karim
Televison: Reef Karim: Meet the profiler-actor-doc
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Three-in-one. That pretty much sums up the Reef Karim who trots around with three careers under his belt.

Some days, he is a psychiatrist and addiction fellow on the clinical facility at University of California, Los Angeles’ Neuropsychiatric Institute. Other days, he is a professional dancer and actor. He played the lead in the Indian-American film “Flavors,” and also starred in “Laurel Canyon” and the upcoming “Lords of Dogtown.”

Nowadays, Karim is very much in the news with Court TV’s “House of Clues.” In its second season, the show that airs every Monday night turns everyday people into profilers.

Karim helps contestants use intuition, instinct and old-fashioned snooping skills to craft a detailed profile of homeowners based solely on the contents of their house. “The whole concept of the show is treating someone’s home as a crime scene,” says Karim, who is in his mid-30s. “It’s another way of learning how a person lives his or her day-to-day life.”

Born in England to parents of Indian origin (his father is a physician while his mother a nurse), Karim was raised in Chicago and moved to Texas to become a professional dancer in a band. Though he applied to medical school in Kansas City, he completed his residency and fellowship at UCLA.

“I liked the UCLA program and the fact that Hollywood was based in the city,” says Karim, who also has worked as a behavioral profiler and psychiatrist for the LA Sheriff’s Office, conducting psychological profiles of criminals.

Karim also is directing and producing “Homeland Insecurity,” a 10-minute film on racial profiling. “It’s exciting to see Asians earning a place in mainstream cinema,” he says. “This is changing the mindset of the entire system.”

What about Bollywood? “Well, I am a professional actor and dancer, which could be great assets for Bollywood,” he says. “I visited India last in 2000 and I would consider a role in Bollywood if it suited me.”

Any takers?

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