Shah Rukh Khan gave his first ever TED talk in Vancouver recently and was the first Indian to do so. And soon a few quotes from the talk did the rounds and it was enough for us to believe that Shah Rukh is most definitely one of the best speakers we have.

And now that TED talk has finally released the video we can only confirm it more – the star simply enthralled everybody in the audience with his wit, charm, humor and his amazing ability to connect with one’s emotional side. He went through his own life story and how changes in technology and humanity lead to his own evolution and even humanity’s. And ended on a very philosophical and promising note of how the power lies in “You”.

During his talk, Shah Rukh Khan spoke of himself as a movie star, his gritty childhood, life in the simpler times, his dramatic rise to superstardom, on coping with social media invading his space, on mid-life crisis and beyond.

Best of SRK’s TED Talk Quotes

We picked out some of his best ‘spoken’ words from the speech. Read and be mesmerized – like a classic Bollywood tale – there is a bit of everything – laughable moments, a medley of emotions and a hopeful ending.

So I set out to compile a best off quotes from his talk & soon realised almost every word, every line and every phrase is Gold! The entire speech is in fact a Best Seller!!!

Here goes…

On Him Being a Movie Star

“I’m a movie star, I’m 51 years of age, and I don’t use Botox as yet.”

“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.”

“There are lots of you here who haven’t seen my work, and I feel really sad for you. That doesn’t take away from the fact that I’m completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be.”

“I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. 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.”

On His Childhood Days

“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.”

On The Night His Father Died

“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.”

SRK's Ted Talk QuotesOn a Simpler Life Back Then

“The framework of life was very, very simple then. 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.”

“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.”

“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 trains, not human beings. Most importantly, you were who you were and you said what you thought.”

On Moving to Mumbai in his Twenties

“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.”

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On Touching Superstardom

“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.”

On The Social Media BOOM!

“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 were 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.”

On Rumours Surrounding Abram’s Birth

“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.”

SRK's Ted Talk QuotesOn Mid-Life Crisis and Trying to be a SuperHero

“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.”

“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.

On ‘INVENTING’ the Lungi Dance!

“Accidentally, I happened to even invent a new dance form which I didn’t realize, and it became a rage. It was called the Lungi dance. So if it’s all right, I’ll just show you. I’m talented otherwise.”

On Confusing Acronyms!

“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.”

“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.”

“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. 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. Which has alternately been described as ugly, unconventional, and strangely, not chocolatey enough.”

On the Deep Roots of Indian Culture

“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.”

On the Magical Emotion of Love!

“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.”

“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.”

On the Future Lies in “YOU”

“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 lifeforms and species to learn from and respect.”

“You can use all the money 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.”

“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.”

“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.”


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