Pegged as Bollywood’s most articulate speaker, Shah Rukh Khan never leaves his fans disappointed when he has been entrusted with the microphone.
SRK has made a legacy out of speaking with candour and wit at public forums and providing charming insights to every fan, journalist and spectator that ventures for an interview with him. King Khan got another chance to regale his fans at a recent TED Talk session and the superstar did not disappoint. Here are some of the most interesting statements Shah Rukh made at the event.
SRK started off on a witty note as he used a scathing metaphor for humanity as a whole. He said, “I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It’s 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 calling himself an “ageing movie star”, he displayed his famous self-deprecating brand of humour.
While talking about the changing world, Shah Rukh said, “I am 51 years old, like I told you, and mind-numbing acronyms notwithstanding, I just want to tell you if there has been a momentous time for humanity to exist, it is now, because the present you is brave. The present you is hopeful. The present you is innovative and resourceful, and of course, the present you is annoyingly indefinable.”
His character Rahul may have told us that “Pyaar dosti hai” in Karan Johar’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, but Shah Rukh has a little definition of love. He said, “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.”
Acknowledging the many advancements in technology and the growth of social media, he admitted that he faced a mid-life crisis, just like the rest of us. “In this new world, slowly, reality became virtual and virtual became real, and I started to feel that I could not be who I wanted to be or say what I actually thought, and humanity at this time completely identified with me. I think both of us were going through our midlife crisis, and humanity, like me, was becoming an overexposed prima donna.
I started to sell everything, from hair oil to diesel generators. Humanity was buying everything from crude oil to nuclear reactors. You know, I even tried to get into a skintight superhero suit to reinvent myself. I must admit I failed miserably. And just an aside I want to say on behalf of all the Batmen, Spider-Men and Supermen of the world, you have to commend them because it really hurts in the crotch, that superhero suit.”