Shah Rukh Khan has managed another first in his illustrious career by delivering his first TED Talk in Vancouver and he’s become the first Indian to do so. The superstar wowed the audience with his usual wit and charm and they heard about his stardom, humanity and also keeping up with the changes in technology.
With thousands of fans lining up outside the venue, Khan opened his talk by referring his romantic on-screen persona saying “I sell dreams and I peddle love to millions of people back home in India who assume that I am the best lover in the world”. Hindustan Times reported that over the duration of his speech, the actor also spoke about his climb to superstardom and the struggles he had faced. However it was his positivity and philosophical opinions that captured audience’s attention.
“Humanity is a lot like me, it’s an ageing movie star, grappling with all the newness around it, wondering whether it got it right in the first place and still trying to find a way to keep on shining regardless,” as he referenced himself to humanity.
Continuing his theme of humanity, Khan spoke about a simpler life when the word ‘apple’ reminded him of fruit and not the technological giant company. He opened up about the effects of technology on his own personal graph saying “I started to feel that I couldn’t be who I wanted to be or say what I actually thought. And humanity at this time completely identified with me. Both of us were going through our midlife crisis. Humanity, like me, was becoming an over-exposed prima donna. The whole world and all of the humanity seemed as lost as I was”, as reported by Indian Express.
The talk comes ahead of the first global Hindi version of TED talks, titled ‘Nayi Soch’ which will be hosted by Khan. The show will air on Star Plus and feature speakers sharing ideas in TED’s signature format of short talks. Khan who is a huge fan of TED talks said this new partnership provides opportunity for his country’s citizens. “There are so many people in India who would like to come out with their ideas and thoughts, and speak them in Hindi,” he said.
The actor concluded the talk with a reference to his opening remarks stating “It has to be you who creates a world that is its own best lover, that should be the future you”.