Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan


Namaskar. I’m a movie star, I’m 51 years of age, and I don’t use Botox as yet. (Laughter) So I’m clean, but I do behave like you saw
like a 21-year-old in my movies. Yeah, I do that. I sell dreams, and I peddle love
to millions of people back home in India who assume that I’m
the best lover in the world. (Laughter) If you don’t tell anyone,
I’m going to tell you I’m not, but I never let that assumption go away. (Laughter) I’ve also been made to understand there are lots of you here
who haven’t seen my work, and I feel really sad for you. (Laughter) (Applause) That doesn’t take away from the fact
that I’m completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be. (Laughter) That’s when my friends,
Chris and Juliet called me here to speak about the future “you.” Naturally, it follows I’m going
to speak about the present me. (Laughter) Because I truly believe
that humanity is a lot like me. (Laughter) It is. It is. It’s an aging movie star, grappling with all
the newness around itself, 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, but — (Laughter) I do remember the night my father died, and I remember the driver of a neighbor
who was driving us to the hospital. He mumbled something
about “dead people don’t tip so well” and walked away into the dark. And I was only 14 then, and I put my father’s dead body
in the back seat of the car, and my mother besides me, I started driving back
from the hospital to the house. And in the middle of her quiet crying,
my mother looked at me and she said, “Son, when did you learn to drive?” And I thought about it
and realized, and I said to my mom, “Just now, Mom.” (Laughter) So from that night onwards, much akin to humanity in its adolescence, I learned the crude tools of survival. And the framework of life was
very, very simple then, to be honest. You know, you just ate what you got and did whatever you were told to do. I thought celiac was a vegetable, and vegan, of course, was Mr. Spock’s
lost comrade in “Star Trek.” (Laughter) You married the first girl that you dated, and you were a techie if you could fix
the carburetor in your car. I really thought that gay was
a sophisticated English word for happy. And Lesbian, of course, was the capital
of Portugal, as you all know. (Laughter) Where was I? We relied on systems created through the toil and sacrifice
of generations before to protect us, and we felt that governments
actually worked for our betterment. Science was simple and logical, Apple was still then just a fruit owned by Eve first and then Newton, not by Steve Jobs, until then. And “Eureka!” was what you screamed when you wanted
to run naked on the streets. You went wherever life took you for work, and people were mostly welcoming of you. Migration was a term then still reserved for Siberian cranes,
not human beings. Most importantly, you were who you were and you said what you thought. Then in my late 20s, I shifted to the sprawling
metropolis of Mumbai, and my framework, like the newly industrialized
aspirational humanity, began to alter. In the urban rush for a new,
more embellished survival, things started to look a little different. I met people who had descended
from all over the world, faces, races, genders, money-lenders. Definitions became more and more fluid. Work began to define you at that time in an overwhelmingly equalizing manner, and all the systems
started to feel less reliable to me, almost too thick to hold on to the diversity of mankind and the human need to progress and grow. Ideas were flowing
with more freedom and speed. And I experienced the miracle
of human innovation and cooperation, and my own creativity, when supported by the resourcefulness
of this collective endeavor, catapulted me into superstardom. I started to feel that I had arrived, and generally, by the time I was 40,
I was really, really flying. I was all over the place. You know? I’d done 50 films by then and 200 songs, and I’d been knighted by the Malaysians. I had been given the highest civil honor
by the French government, the title of which for the life of me
I can’t pronounce even until now. (Laughter) I’m sorry, France, and thank you,
France, for doing that. But much bigger than that,
I got to meet Angelina Jolie — (Laughter) for two and a half seconds. (Laughter) And I’m sure she also remembers
that encounter somewhere. OK, maybe not. And I sat next to Hannah Montana
on a round dinner table with her back towards me most of the time. Like I said, I was flying,
from Miley to Jolie, and humanity was soaring with me. We were both pretty much
flying off the handle, actually. And then you all know what happened. The internet happened. I was in my late 40s, and I started tweeting
like a canary in a birdcage and assuming that, you know,
people who peered into my world would admire it for the miracle I believed it to be. But something else
awaited me and humanity. You know, we had expected
an expansion of ideas and dreams with the enhanced
connectivity of the world. We had not bargained
for the village-like enclosure of thought, of judgment, of definition that flowed from the same place that freedom and revolution
was taking place in. Everything I said took a new meaning. Everything I did — good, bad, ugly — was there for the world
to comment upon and judge. As a matter of fact,
everything I didn’t say or do also met with the same fate. Four years ago, my lovely wife Gauri and me
decided to have a third child. It was claimed on the net that he was the love child of our first child who was 15 years old. Apparently, he had sown
his wild oats with a girl while driving her car in Romania. And yeah, there was
a fake video to go with it. And we were so disturbed as a family. My son, who is 19 now, even now when you say “hello” to him, he just turns around and says, “But bro, I didn’t even have
a European driving license.” (Laughter) Yeah. In this new world, slowly, reality became virtual
and virtual became real, and I started to feel that I could not be who I wanted to be
or say what I actually thought, and humanity at this time completely identified with me. I think both of us
were going through our midlife crisis, and humanity, like me,
was becoming an overexposed prima donna. I started to sell everything, from hair oil to diesel generators. Humanity was buying everything from crude oil to nuclear reactors. You know, I even tried
to get into a skintight superhero suit to reinvent myself. I must admit I failed miserably. And just an aside I want to say
on behalf of all the Batmen, Spider-Men and Supermen of the world, you have to commend them, because it really hurts in the crotch,
that superhero suit. (Laughter) Yeah, I’m being honest.
I need to tell you this here. Really. And accidentally, I happened
to even invent a new dance form which I didn’t realize,
and it became a rage. So if it’s all right, and you’ve seen a bit of me,
so I’m quite shameless, I’ll show you. It was called the Lungi dance. So if it’s all right, I’ll just show you.
I’m talented otherwise. (Cheers) So it went something like this. Lungi dance. Lungi dance.
Lungi dance. Lungi dance. Lungi dance. Lungi dance.
Lungi dance. Lungi dance. Lungi dance. Lungi dance.
Lungi dance. Lungi. That’s it. It became a rage. (Cheers) It really did. Like you notice, nobody could make
any sense of what was happening except me, and I didn’t give a damn, really, because the whole world,
and whole humanity, seemed as confused and lost as I was. I didn’t give up then. I even tried to reconstruct
my identity on the social media like everyone else does. I thought if I put on
philosophical tweets out there people will think I’m with it, but some of the responses I got
from those tweets were extremely confusing acronyms
which I didn’t understand. You know? ROFL, LOL. “Adidas,” somebody wrote back
to one of my more thought-provoking tweets and I was wondering
why would you name a sneaker, I mean, why would you write back
the name of a sneaker to me? And I asked my 16-year-old daughter,
and she enlightened me. “Adidas” now means
“All day I dream about sex.” (Laughter) Really. I didn’t know if you know that. So I wrote back,
“WTF” in bold to Mr. Adidas, thanking secretly that some acronyms
and things won’t change at all. WTF. But here we are. I am 51 years old, like I told you, and mind-numbing acronyms notwithstanding, I just want to tell you if there has been a momentous time
for humanity to exist, it is now, because the present you is brave. The present you is hopeful. The present you
is innovative and resourceful, and of course, the present you
is annoyingly indefinable. And in this spell-binding, imperfect moment of existence, feeling a little brave
just before I came here, I decided to take
a good, hard look at my face. And I realized that I’m beginning
to look more and more like the wax statue of me
at Madame Tussaud’s. (Laughter) Yeah, and in that moment of realization, I asked the most central
and pertinent question to humanity and me: Do I need to fix my face? Really. I’m an actor, like I told you, a modern expression of human creativity. The land I come from is the source of inexplicable
but very simple spirituality. In its immense generosity, India decided somehow that I, the Muslim son
of a broke freedom fighter who accidentally ventured
into the business of selling dreams, should become its king of romance, the “Badhshah of Bollywood,” the greatest lover
the country has ever seen … with this face. Yeah. (Laughter) Which has alternately
been described as ugly, unconventional, and strangely, not chocolatey enough. (Laughter) The people of this ancient land embraced me in their limitless love, and I’ve learned from these people that neither power nor poverty can make your life more magical or less tortuous. I’ve learned from the people of my country that the dignity of a life, a human being, a culture,
a religion, a country actually resides in its ability for grace and compassion. I’ve learned that whatever moves you, whatever urges you to create, to build, whatever keeps you from failing, whatever helps you survive, is perhaps the oldest and the simplest
emotion known to mankind, and that is love. A mystic poet from my land famously wrote, (Recites poem in Hindi) (Poem ends) Which loosely translates
into that whatever — yeah, if you know Hindi,
please clap, yeah. (Applause) It’s very difficult to remember. Which loosely translates
into actually saying that all the books of knowledge
that you might read and then go ahead
and impart your knowledge through innovation,
through creativity, through technology, but mankind will never be
the wiser about its future unless it is coupled with a sense of love
and compassion for their fellow beings. The two and a half alphabets
which form the word “प्रेम,” which means “love,” if you are able to understand that and practice it, that itself is enough
to enlighten mankind. So I truly believe the future “you” has to be a you that loves. Otherwise it will cease to flourish. It will perish in its own self-absorption. So 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. You can use your energy to build nuclear bombs
and spread the darkness of destruction, or you can use it to spread
the joy of light to millions. You may filthy up the oceans callously
and cut down all the forests. You can destroy the ecology, or turn to them with love and regenerate life
from the waters and trees. You may land on Mars and build armed citadels, or you may look for life-forms and species
to learn from and respect. And you can use
all the moneys we all have earned to wage futile wars and give guns in the hands
of little children to kill each other with, or you can use it to make more food to fill their stomachs with. My country has taught me the capacity for a human being to love
is akin to godliness. It shines forth in a world which civilization, I think,
already has tampered too much with. In the last few days,
the talks here, the wonderful people coming and showing their talent, talking about individual achievements,
the innovation, the technology, the sciences, the knowledge
we are gaining by being here in the presence of TED Talks
and all of you are reasons enough
for us to celebrate the future “us.” But within that celebration the quest to cultivate
our capacity for love and compassion has to assert itself,
has to assert itself, just as equally. So I believe the future “you” is an infinite you. It’s called a chakra
in India, like a circle. It ends where it begins from
to complete itself. A you that perceives
time and space differently understands both your unimaginable and fantastic importance and your complete unimportance
in the larger context of the universe. A you that returns back to the original innocence of humanity, which loves from the purity of heart, which sees from the eyes of truth, which dreams from the clarity
of an untampered mind. The future “you” has to be like an aging movie star who has been made to believe
that there is a possibility of a world which is completely, wholly, self-obsessively in love with itself. A world — really, it has to be a you to create a world which is its own best lover. That I believe, ladies and gentlemen, should be the future “you.” Thank you very much. Shukriya. (Applause) Thank you. (Applause) Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

  1. Thank you, thae translator! U translate very well. Appreciate ur English skills so much!!! Good life!

  2. Sorry. I should have written 'the', …word mistake. so careless, sorry!

  3. 15:09 I got super excited thinking that he was about to do his signature pose lol . Sexiest man ever

  4. He pays so much tribute to India. Fu** those who questions his patriotism. Love u SRK.

  5. Sending massive love to everyone here ✨💓💓

  6. omg , his english is at a high level, well done. i am very shocked.

  7. SRK LOOKS CUTE WHEN SMILING. HE IS A GENTLEMAN. INDIA IS A GREAT COUNTRY. THANK YOU FOR OUR SRK

  8. Knowledgeable, witty, good orater,wise nd lovable.
    That is our SRK.
    So what if he is not chocolaty enough.

  9. He is muslim…now dear indians would not you torture him???

  10. I can't believe how shahrukh khan changes his speech laughing face to weeping face😀😀😀😀to😂😂😂

  11. All louder laughter are Indian origin People,Disgusting!!!!

  12. listed among the richest actors around the globe…yet so humble and simple…5:50-6:5…youll be amazed

  13. For those who asks what SRK has done for India

    He runs a cancer department in Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after his mother's name.

    He iss honoured with the "Unesco Pyramid Con Marni" for his Charity work.
    Now he is also the Richest actor in the World.
    He is more wealthy than Dwayne Johnson.
    In the year 2012,Shah Rukh Khan adopted 12 villages during NDTV's show Greenathon Campaign

    He is the one who is providing electricity, water,education, medicines and all other basic needs at his own expenditures.
    In 2008, SHAH RUKH KHAN took part in The Rock On For concert which raised over INR 30 million for helping children affected by the Bihar floods.

    He Received Crystal Award for Charity work Got Felicitated with Game Changer Award in 2018
    “Once a reporter met with an accident after interviewing him and was critically injured. Shah Rukh Khan ensured that all the medical treatment shall be given in best possible manner.

    He even sponsored al the medical and hospital expenses that was more than 2 lakhs per day”
    The NewsMinute . com has rated SRK on 1st place for his charity work in the year 2014. He works closely with ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ and works to fulfill wishes of children all over India

    Not only in India, SRK has done massive charity work in Singapore and Africa.
    Recently, Shah Rukh Khan’s Meer Foundation donated Rs. 12 lakhs to Government of Kerala's Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund in order to help the Kerala Flood victims.

    In 2015, he reportedly donated a sum of Rs. 1 crore for the Chennai flood victims.He also donated a sum of 25 lakhs to PM Manmohan Singh for Tsunami Relief camp. He was one of the celebrities who performed at Help Telethon Concert to raise money for tsunami victims.

    In 2013, during Uttrakhand floods, Shah Rukh Khan donated Rs. 33 lakhs for the victims .In 2009, Shah Rukh Khan helped to light up seven Odisha Villages by investing a solar electricity project.

    After 61 years of independence, the people of these villages in Odisha finally got access to electricity.
    In 2012, Shah Rukh Khan became the first Indian to have bagged a special award at the 20th UNESCO Awards in Germany for his charity works.

    He was also appointed as the first global ambassador of UNOPS, which works to improve the lifestyle of people.
    Shah Rukh Khan’s team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won the IPL season 7. The King Khan donated the entire money (Rs. 15 cr) to cancer patients in Mumbai and Kolkata.

    The money which SRK earns by giving interviews is always used for charity.The actor few years back agreed to perform in a concert only to raise money to help the poor farmers in the state of Maharashtra.
    He is also a part of governmental campaigns for AIDS and Pulse Polio.

    He was honoured as the Goodwill Ambassador for South Korea in 2013.
    Shah Rukh Khan’s Meer Foundation has joined hands with Vogue India and philanthropist Kulsum Shadab Wahab’s Hothur Foundation, to create awareness about skin banking for acid attack survivors.

    His NGO helps acid attacks survivor in India.
    When Shah Rukh was working on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, an unfortunate incident occurred on the sets. A person who had just come to visit the sets, met with a tragic accident when a large fan fell on him and he died on the spot

    SRK personally offered help to the deceased’s family and send them money in testing times.SRK was not responsible for the mishap in any way nor was he officially obligated to help. But out of his moral sense, the actor did come forward to do the needful.

    The only two Bollywood actors to have made it to the list of top Indian philanthropist for the year 2014 are Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan.According to the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2014,Shahrukh Khan ranked 33, where as Salman was ranked 47 in a list of 50 such individuals.

    His Movie, Which was the Biggest Budget Movie at that (Ra-One) time was been premeired in Dubai a High Profile dinner was arranged and the money raised was given to orphan village.

    In 2011,SRK joined Amitabh Bachchan and Judi Dench to promote Resul Pookutty’s foundation that works to improve the living conditions of underprivileged people in India. In 2005 ShahRukh Khan Campained for Good health, Child Immunisation and Proper Nutrition.

    It is believed that after the super success of his film Om Shanti Om, SRK distributed good part of the profits amongst his company employees as a goodwill bonus. He donated 7cr to Indian Army in 2017.Helped Punjabi boxer for his medicine.

    He has donated India one of the most technically advanced Cancer ward to Leelawati hospital where poor are being served.After 26/11, he was called at India Gate to present a speech. he is one of the highest tax payer Bollywood actor who always pays his tax before time.

    In 2005 he joined hands with India's Health Ministry and UNICEF for a nationwide child immunisation campaign as part of National Rural Health Mission of India. The mission which was called by economists as "the most ambitious rural health initiative ever"

    In 2007, he collaborated with veteran artist M.F. Husain to create a canvas in celebration of 60 years of Indian independence at a charity auction in Bonhams, London. The painting was sold for over INR 12 million.

    In 2009, he committed to bear all the expenses for the treatment of two Kashmiri orphan children who suffered severe burns during a terrorist grenade attack in Srinagar. He also visited the two orphans at the hospital.

    In 2009, during his conferment ceremony of an honorary doctorate by the British Bedfordshire University, Khan pledged his dedication to further the cause of child education in India. He is donating money in Nanavati hospital since many Year

    SRK donated 7cr to Indian Army in 2017 
    And Defense Minster of India thanked Him personally by sending Official letter to him.

    SRK’s NGO by the name of Meer Foundation has been working closely with Deepa Malik and her foundation ‘Wheeling Happiness’ to make lives easier for athletes ShahRukhKhan extended his support to the para-athletes by donating 50 wheelchairs on International Day of Disabled Persons.

    Deepa who is the first Indian woman to clinch a silver medal in shot put in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games, labelled SRK’s contribution as a “gracious step” as it “not only makes lives easier for the athletes but also motivates and boosts their confidence”.

    Not just that! SRK’s foundation also provides further support to acid attacks survivors and for those who have sustained major burn injuries, taking care of medical treatment as well as offering legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.

    Few years back Around 200-400 mentally retarded boys came to Mannat
    and when ShahRukh came to know about this he cancelled his flight for London and fed them food

    SRKs NGO recently launched an initiative on International Women’s Day titled 'ToGETher Transformed' and it sponsored corrective surgeries for fifty burns and acid attack survivors. The whole month of March was dedicated to organizing these surgeries.
    The surgeries were performed at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi and G.S. Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital and Trauma Center in Varanasi from 5th March, 2019 SRKs organization commenced its next leg in Kolkata at AMRI Hospitals Dhakuria under Dr. Arindam Sarkar. Patients from Delhi, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand, with an 85% population of women and children availed the facilities of the initiative.

    SRK received honarary doctorate from
    University of Law which is one of the largest Law School of UK ,in recognition of his work in championing human rights, access to justice and crime.This is SRKs 4th honorary doctorate

    उम्मीद है आपको जवाब मिल गया होगा 🙏🙏
    SRK is the pride of India🇮🇳🇮🇳

  14. Complete summary of his speech is about love… Thats what Jesus said.. Love your neighbour as you love yourself. One who love himself will surely love others…. People should learn love and respect themselves…

  15. His talks are wonderful. The ideas expressed are brilliant and presented so powerfully. 2 minutes into his taljs you know you are in the presence of a grownup who truly lkes his audience and has their best nterests at heart. I was told that you truly becme a grownup on the day you have your first good laugh at yourself. Thanks toNetflix abd youtbe ihave seenndenoyed anumber of his movies. I thlnk,while not classically handsome, in the John Abraham mold, his face is wonderfully expressive and just adorable. He is a wonderful and yummy Carmel .

  16. I am the fan of shah rukh khan I rraly like him he is so cute & hand sum

  17. u r king of romance. we love ur mesmerizing personality inspiring us to achieve success through hard work only.

  18. Proud to have u shahrukh.
    Love you more…..
    U r not jst an actor…u r a centiment to me. I wanna meet u at least once in my life time….

  19. when he act in his film, he always give me an idea to do and to love each other..i'm his fans from indonesia

  20. I know, srk is vry hilarious man. His motivational speech teach a good lesson to all man kind. He isn't only a king in Bollywod, he is a king of hilarious world.

  21. Once he was arrogant but now he must have understood nothing is permanent…time is boss u r not …

  22. Hes entertainer and most talented n versatile actor . Entertaining legend.

    Much like other home sapiens , that's power of speech #

  23. Love SRK – from Singapore 🇸🇬
    Great words – great advice
    Thank you SRK

  24. I can’t believe he is the same dumb Rahul we see in the movies

  25. He's a fucking fake. He started acting here also showing that Bazigaar face.

  26. I guess he used very less used words that's why the crowd's not responding🤣🤣 just because the people out there are english does not mean that they have a good vocabulary, its same as people speaking hindi but not knowing all the vocabulary..

  27. He deserves respect. He speaks better than some professor in the different institutions

  28. Watch this video , get motivated and feel proud as an indian ,🇮🇳🇮🇳,, no matter which community , which state u belongs .

  29. Just saw this clip but its never late, SRK spoke really well.He charmed the way of thinking among people in his own way.So humble and it inspires me alot…. TY 🙂

  30. This man is anti Hindu and always support porkistan . That’s why now no one watch his movies in India.

  31. SRK is an exceptional speaker, no doubt. However after 16:30 I lost him completely. Not sure what SRK was trying to say! Seemed like a movie with an excellent start and a great climax, but a poor ending!

  32. Only if Indians could imply that knowledge not only to themselves and their land but towards others as well. India has nothing but brought darkness everywhere else.

  33. He is beating around the bush , no where even close to anything linked with humanity. He is merely talking about his journey as an actor.

  34. Hosa great actor I love watching the movies one of my favorites actors, bless him such a nice man

  35. Indian growing up with then around from what little I know, there beautiful people beautiful and kind deep and happy funny and firendly

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