Shah Rukh Khan is a certifiable Bollywood superstar, with over 80 films and hundreds of millions of fans. In April, he gave a sprawling talk at the 2017 TED conference in Vancouver that touched on everything from his reputation as the “King of Romance” to the ways the world has changed since the introduction of the internet.
While he wasn’t as tightly focused as some other speakers, Khan turned out to be the funniest person on stage at TED 2017 thus far. The talk will likely be a huge hit online, helped along by Khan’s fan base.
Some of his choice (and very quotable) quotes:
- “Humanity is a lot like me. It’s an aging movie star, grappling with all the newness, wondering whether she got it right.” On the internet: “We had expected an expansion of ideas and dreams. We had not bargained for the enclosure of judgment.” “I looked at my face and realized I am starting to look more and more like my wax statue at Madame Tussauds.”
On Thursday, the talk went live online:
It wasn’t just the audience inside the Vancouver Convention Center who enjoyed Khan’s talk – his 24 million Twitter followers started a trending hashtag: #SRKLiveAtTEDTalks.
Khan’s local Canadian fans also showed up outside the convention center during his talk. When I left the building about 20 minutes after it, dozens were still there.
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There was an ulterior motive for getting Khan on the TED stage. Later this year, he’ll host a TV version of TED Talks in India called “Nayi Soch,” or “New Thinking.” Khan’s celebrity status – he was the eighth-highest-paid actor in the world in 2016 – could boost the TED brand’s audience.