Shah Rukh Khan slayed his funny and humorous speech at the very popular TED talks recently. The superstar spoke about the simplicity of his life before stardom struck him, and how he evolved from an innocent teenager to a film star and entrepreneur. As always, SRK put in doses of humour even during the more serious moments and added his charm to the evening, as always.
Some excerpts from SRK’s speech:
I am movie star, 51 years of age. I don’t use Botox as of yet. I am clean but I behave like a 21 year old in my movies. I sell dreams and peddle love to the millions of fans in India, who assume that I am the best lover in the world. If you don’t tell anyone, I will tell you I am not, but I never let that assumption go away. I also understand there are lots of you who haven’t seen my work and I feel sad for you. That does not take away from the fact that I am completely self obsessed, as a movie star should be.
I am going to speak about the present me. Because I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It is an ageing movie star, grappling with all the newness around. Wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless.
I was born in a refugee colony in the capital city of India, New Delhi. And my father was a freedom fighter, my mother was ..well, just a fighter like mothers are. And much like the original homo sapiens we struggled to survive. When I was in my early 20s I lost both my parents, which I must admit, seems a bit careless of me now.
I do remember the night my father died. I remember our neighbour drove us to the hospital. I was only 14 then and I put my father’s body in the back seat of the car. While driving back home, my mother was beside me. Suddenly in the middle of the quiet crying, my mother looked and me and said, “Son, when did you learn to drive?”. I thought about it and realised, and I said to my mom, “Just now, mom.”
From that night on, I learnt the crude tools of survivial.
Wow, isn’t that something?