Shah Rukh Khan's TED Talk is 'signature SRK': Witty and insightful, with lessons for life
Let's talk about what the world seems to be talking about: Shah Rukh Khan's TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada, this week.
SRK's speech is well on its way to attaining viral status, but are we really surprised?
Shah Rukh has shown time and again that when it comes to public speaking, he's Bollywood's undoubted 'baadshah'.
And his TED Talk delivered quite a few gems:
On humanity: "Humanity is a lot like me. It's an aging movie star, grappling with all the newness, wondering whether she got it right." (Bonus points to SRK for using the feminine pronoun.)
On the internet: "We had expected an expansion of ideas and dreams; we had not bargained for the enclosure of judgment."
On aging: "I looked at my face and realised I am starting to look more and more like my wax statue at Madame Tussauds!"
And then there was this little bit towards the end:
"You may use your power to build walls and keep people outside. Or you may use it to break barriers and welcome them in. You may use your faith to make people afraid and terrify them into submission. Or you can use it to give courage to people, so they rise to the greatest heights of enlightenment."
While we're still getting over our goosebumps from that last quote (and resolving to revisit his portrayal of life coach Dr Jehangir Khan to Alia Bhatt's Kaira in Dear Zindagi), here's a look at all of the life lessons (and quotable quotes) we've ever gleaned from Shah Rukh Khan's speeches:
Life Lesson 1: Fight like a girl
When Gunjan Jain launched her book She Walks, She Leads featuring success stories of India's most powerful women, Shah Rukh Khan came up with an impromptu poetry recital that was inspired by One Direction's Zayn Malik.
The best lines from his poem?
Let your hair down, straight or curls,
You’re beautiful because you fight like a girl.
Life Lesson 2: Support our boys
Shah Rukh also penned and recorded a special message in the form of a poem for Indian soldiers, as a way to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi's #Sandesh2Soldiers initiative. Incidentally, Khan launched his career by starring in Doordarshan's Fauji, in which he played Lt Abhimanyu Rai.
Here's the full message:
Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali. May the Festival of Lights bring with it brightness and goodness in all our lives. Be safe and enjoy. pic.twitter.com/iuHMQpAMgd
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 30, 2016
The best lines are:
It's our life to live because it's theirs to give.
The heroes should not remain unsung because we can't imagine their plight.
We grow stronger and bolder because theirs is the fight. The fight of a soldier.
Life Lesson 3: On failure and success
In 2012, SRK enthralled the students of Yale University as he came to the institute as a Chubb Fellow, and gave a speech on success, failure and living life to the fullest.
The best line:
Failure is a fiendish friend that can lead to success by teaching one to be pragmatic, to work harder, and to be true to oneself.
Life Lesson 4: Josh zaroori hai
Shah Rukh Khan received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2015. In his acceptance speech, he doled out advice on tackling obstacles, battling fear and the importance of being kind to the gathered audience.
The best line:
If you aren't charged up about doing something, if you don't have, what in Hindi we call the "Josh", the fire in your belly for it, then don't do it.
Life Lesson 5: It's all about loving your family
Like the Karan Johar films he is best known for, one of the most important things to Shah Rukh Khan is his family.
His most quotable quotes on family:
My biggest regret is that the more I rise in life, the more I miss my mother.