Shah Rukh Khan made news recently for his motivating speech at the prestigious TED event at Vancouver where he seemed to be at his wittiest best. This comes after his stint at Yale a few years back, not to forget his coveted presence at Harvard where he inspired graduating students with his humility and compassionate words.
If you’re an SRK follower (and I don’t mean an SRK fan), you would have observed a few commonalities in each of his speeches. His speeches although spoken from the most earnest experiences of his life, they go on to tell more about SRK’s personality – what he is and what he’s not. Here’s what intrigued us the most about SRK’s speeches that go on to tell why SRK’s stardom is bigger than the success of his movies.
He’s not ashamed of his humble beginnings
Every speech that SRK makes starts off with mentions of the difficult living conditions he grew up in and how entering into the world of films was not a dream but a necessity of the situation. SRK jibes about enjoying one square meal in his earliest years in Mumbai while looking to get noticed by producers. Having crossed over the 50-yrs mark, SRK comes across as a wiser version of himself with in-depth retrospection occurring in his mind.
He’s unabashed about his career choices
He has also reprised that movies and acting were his rozi roti and not his talent. He recalls how he never wanted to see failure ever in his life and that he equated poverty to failure. He even went on to say that most of the films he signed were discards of better actors and that the thought of working in order to avoid unemployment was pivotal in driving him towards success.
His oratory skills are a reflection of his stardom
In Vancouver, SRK starts his speech with “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people” and draws a hefty applause from the audience. He boldly states that “I’ve been made to understand there are lots of you here who have never seen my work, (but) that doesn’t take away from the fact that I’m completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be”.
His wisdom is unfailingly real
SRK has time and again spoken at length about the effects of failure on his career. He even recalls at Harvard that “the true path to success is through the fear of failure. If you aren’t scared enough of failing, you are unlikely to succeed.” He advises the listeners, saying “In this new world, reality became virtual, and virtual became real.”
He’s hopeful for a better future just as anyone else is
SRK was asked during his visit to Yale – what success means to him as a megastar today? He optimistically highlighted that “I’ve learned that whatever moves you, whatever urges you to create, build and whatever keeps you from failing, whatever helps you to survive, is perhaps the oldest and the simplest emotion known to mankind, and that is love. He concluded that “(even if) you could be aging and your popularity could be taking a hit, but that doesn’t warrant the loss of hope for a better world.”