Shah Rukh Khan spoke mostly of his life, before and after stardom – at the TED Talks in Vancouver. Towards the end of his speech, SRK spoke about India, its spirituality and its culture of spreading love and compassion.
SRK said, “Feeling a little brave just before I came here, I decided to take a good hard look at my face, and I realised, that I am beginning to look more and more like my wax statue at Madame Tussauds. I then asked the most pertinent question to humnaity and me, “DO I need to fix my face?”
Amidst laughter from the audience, he continued, “The land I come from, is a place of inexplicable but very simple, spirituality. India decided somehow, that I, the muslim son of a broke freedom fighter who accidentally came to the business of selling dreams, should become, its king of romance. The Badshah of Bollywood. The greatest lover the country has seen – with this face, which has been described as ugly and unconventional.”
He further said, “A mystic poet from my land famously wrote, ‘From all the books of knowledge that you might read – go ahead and impart knowledge through innovation, creativity, and technology. But mankind will never be the wiser unless it is coupled with a sense of love and compassion for its fellow being. If you are able to understand love, it is enough to enlighten mankind.”
SRK continued to add some words of advice of how one can choose to use their power to build walls and keep people outside Or use it to break barriors and welcome others in. The heartwarming speech of SRK was met with a thunderous applause and standing ovation from the audience.