Shah Rukh Khan’s TED Talk : 10 Quotes On Being A Movie Star And Social Media

Shah Rukh Khan Ted Talks

Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s TED Talk’s full version is now available on the Internet. The 51 year old actor, spoke at TED Talks in Vancouver two weeks ago.

Shah Rukh Khan spoke at the TED Talks in Vancouver two weeks ago and video of his speech has now been uploaded in entirety online. SRK is the first Indian actor to speak at TED Talks and his address was his trademark – mix of wisdom and wit, articulated in typical Shah Rukh Khan style. He spoke about himself, the perils of social media, and how humanity in general and he in specific are alike. He also spoke about his son Aryan being the father of his third child Abram.

SRK’s presence at TED Talks attracted unusual crowds, news agencies reported earlier.

In his 17 minute long speech, he shared thoughts on love, fame and humanity. Here are 10 quotes he addressed in his on being a movie star and social media. SRK reflected on his youth, growing up in New Delhi, losing both his parents by the time he was in his twenties, and then, moving to the “sprawling metropolis of Mumbai”, to follow his dreams of becoming a movie star.

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Shah Rukh Khan started the speech saying,
“My friends Chris (TED curator) and Juliet called me here to speak about the future you, and naturally I’m going to speak about the present me.”

‘I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It is an ageing movie star, grappling with all the newness around itself, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.”

Shah Rukh quoted, India decided somehow that I, the muslim son of a broke freedom fighter who accidently ventured into the business of selling dreams, should become it’s king of romance, The Badshah of Bollywood.

“I’ve learned from the people of my country that the dignity of a life, a human being, a culture, a religion, a country actually resides in its ability for grace and compassion,”

“I’ve learned that whatever moves you, whatever urges you to create, to build, whatever keeps you from failing, whatever helps you survive, is perhaps the oldest and the simplest emotion known to mankind, and that is love.”

Love, he stressed, was more than enough “to enlighten” mankind.

“So, I truly believe the future ‘you’ has to be a you that loves.”

“Four years ago, my lovely wife Gauri and decided to have a third child, it was claimed on the net, that he was the love child of our first child who was fifteen years old (Aryan). Apparently, he had sown his wild oats with a girl while driving her car in Romania and ya, there was a fake video to go with it and we were so disturbed as a family.”

“My son is 19 now and even if you just say a hello to him, he turns around and says – but bro, I didn’t even have a European driving license.” He added.

I feel sad for people who haven’t seen my work.

“I have been made to understand that there a lot of you who haven’t seen my work and I feel really sad for you. That doesn’t take away the from fact that I am completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be.”

“I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It is an ageing movie star, grappling with all the newness around itself, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.”

“By the time I was 40, I was really flying. I had done 50 films by then and 200 songs and I had been knighted by the Malaysians and given the highest civilian honour by the French government. Humanity was soaring with me. We were both flying off the handle actually.”

I tried to reconstruct my identity on social media.

Shah Rukh spoke about his decision to join Twitter at the age of 40 –

“Everything I said took a new meaning, everything I did- good, bad, ugly was there for the world to comment upon and judge. Everything that I didn’t say or do was met with the same fate.”

“Reality became virtual and virtual became real. I started to feel that I couldn’t be who I wanted to be or say what I actually thought. And humanity at this time completely identified with me. Both of us were going through mid-life crisis. Humanity, like me, was becoming an over-exposed prima donna.”

Neither power nor poverty can make your life more magical or less torturous… Whatever helps you survive is perhaps the oldest and simplest emotion known to mankind. And that is love.

“Mankind will never be the wiser about its future unless it is coupled with a sense of love and compassion for their fellow beings.”

“You may use your power to build walls and to keep people outside or you may use it to break barriers and welcome them in.”

On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan will be next seen opposite Anushka Sharma in Imtiaz Ali’s film Ring or Rehnuma (title not decided yet).

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