Shah Rukh Khan did not receive the title 'King Khan' just like that. He has been ruling Bollywood with his acting and charm for almost three decades now. Recently, he delivered a TED Talk at Vancouver where he shared his thoughts on humanity, fame and love with the audience that barely knew him. Yes, that is something he mentioned in his speech too!
But, as always his speech was laced with wit and wisdom ensuring everyone walked out of the Convention Center knowing why he received and deserved all that love.
1. Shah Rukh said about joining Twitter,"We had expected an expansion of ideas and dreams; we had not bargained for the enclosure of judgment."
He added,"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."
2. While his 24 million following on Twitter always shower him with love and appreciation, some bitter incidents left him and his family with a scar. He recalled the time when Internet declared Abram as the lovechild of his then minor son, Aryan. He said,"Four years ago, my lovely wife Gauri and me decided to have a third child. It was claimed on the net that this child was the love child of our first child who was 15 years old. Apparently, he had sowed his wild oats with a girl while driving his car in Romania. And yeah there was a fake video to go with it. And we were so disturbed as a family. My son who is 19 now, even when you say hello to him he says, 'But bro, I didn't even have a European driving license."
3. Shah Rukh lost both his parents at a very young age. He shared an incident that happened the night he lost his father. He said,"I put my father's body in the car and started driving. After a while, my mother, who was sitting next to me, asked me 'when did you learn to drive?' And I said, 'Just now'."
4. He shared an observation about his experience on the social media platform. SRK said,"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." He was brutally honest throughout the talk and didn't shy away from admitting that he even tried to reconstruct his identity on social media.
5. The 51 year old actor had no qualms sharing with the audience that he wonders if he needs to fix his face. He said,"I looked at my face and realized I am beginning to look more and more like my wax statue at Madame Tussauds."
6. Shah Rukh drew an analogy between an ageing movie star and humanity. Here's what he said,"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."
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