Shah Rukh Khan to deliver lecture at Oxford after enthralling students at Yale, Edinburgh
The line "You can love him, and you can hate him. But you can't ignore him" is perfectly suited for Shah Rukh Khan's personality and career. The actor, who just completed his silver jubilee in the Indian film industry, is a force to reckon with whether it comes to glamour, stardom, success or money.
While Shah Rukh is undoubtedly the romantic superstar of Bollywood, he is also an orator of superlative degree. Whether it is award ceremonies, public functions, press conclaves or the much recent TED talk, he understands the craft like a pro.
His unfathomable stardom and popularity aren't confined only to India; he commands just as much attention across the globe. In April 2012, Shah Rukh Khan was invited by Yale University, where he was awarded with the prestigious Chubb Fellow Award. Then in 2015, he was conferred with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa at University of Edinburgh. In all these events, what stood out were his speeches when he interacted with students.
Now, the coveted Oxford University has welcomed Shah Rukh for a speech. The principal of Oxford University, Alan Rusbridger, tweeted to him with an informal invite.
can we tempt to to Oxford University to talk to our students at @lmhoxford? They love you (I'm the principal)
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) November 28, 2016
According to a report by Mid-day, Khan has confirmed that he has accepted the invitation, and is now looking for possible dates to visit the university. Speaking to the newspaper, he said, "I love to talk. Whenever someone invites me to deliver a speech, I always consider it an opportunity. I have been to Yale earlier, and now, I have received an invitation from Oxford. I'll go if I have the time and if it fits into my scheme of things."
What he is going to speak about hasn't been planned yet. Khan says, "I don't like anyone writing for me. It takes time for me to sit down and write, given my schedule, but it has to be done by me. I am yet to zero in on a subject for this talk."
The superstar is busy with the promotions of his upcoming film Jab Harry Me Sejal, where he stars opposite Anushka Sharma. The film, directed by Imtiaz Ali, is slated to release on 4 August this year. He will then star in Aanand L Rai's venture, where he dons the role of a dwarf. In this film, he will share screen space with his Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-actors — Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.