Too much JK Rowling: Why SRK's speechwriter may get fired

FP Staff

Oct 06, 2013 12:15:05 IST

Shahrukh Khan has been accused of being in movies which have ripped off Hollywood movies - but that was dealt with indulgence more than anything else, since plagiarism is practically a cottage industry when it comes to the Indian film industry. But now, has Khan attempted the same copycat magic to his speech as well?

 Too much JK Rowling: Why SRKs speechwriter may get fired

Shahrukh Khan. Reuters image

This September, Khan spoke at the All India Management Association (AIMA), and gave such a rousing speech on success and failure that he received a standing ovation for it. The speech made news right after it was made because of a reference Khan made to Chennai Express making him some enemies. But a blogger (and presumed Potter fan) has read between Khan's lines much better - quite a few lines of his speech are direct "quotes" from a famous one made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The 24-year-old blogger,  Agratha Dinakaran, posted excerpts of JK Rowling's speech ('The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination', which was the commencement speech at Harvard in 2008, alongside excerpts of Khan's speech on her blog to make her point. Read them below:

In her speech Rowling said that poverty was not an 'ennobling experience', going on to say:

"Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships."

Khan, meanwhile, had this to say on the same topic:

"Let me tell you, poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. I've seen my parents go through it many times - it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships."

Rowling next spoke on achievement by saying:

"Happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes."

Khan's take on it might give some of you deja vu:

"I'd like to tell you all that life is not just a checklist of acquisitions, attainments and fulfilments. Your qualifications and CVs don't matter, your jobs don't matter. Instead, life is difficult and complicated and beyond your control, and to know that with humility, respecting your failures will help you survive its vicissitudes."


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Updated Date: Oct 06, 2013 12:18:13 IST