Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan taking TED to India TV

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Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan charmed a TED Conference crowd Thursday, sharing his life and playfully portraying himself as an aging movie star grappling with the changes around him.

Khan’s talk on the TED stage came just months before a version of the big-idea-sharing event makes a television debut in India, where he will play the role of curator Chris Anderson.

In a rare display, scores of fans staked out the convention center where TED was taking place, some of them pressing against windows to watch Kahn’s appearance being streamed to television screens.

“For years, I’ve been a huge fan of TED Talks,” Khan said, referring to the conference’s freely shared videos in which brilliant and accomplished people dive concisely into captivating concepts.

“There are so many people in India who would like to come out with their ideas and thoughts, and speak them in Hindi.”

TED curator Anderson described TED Talks India as the organization’s most ambitious television project to date, and expected it to reach tens of millions of people when episodes begin airing later this year.

TED collaborated with media giant Star India on the project.

“The country is teeming with imagination and innovation,” Anderson said in a blog post.

“We believe this series will tap into that spirit and bring insight and inspiration to many new minds.”

In a TED video likely to go viral when it is released online, 51-year-old Khan reminisced about growing up in a time when the word ‘apple’ brought to mind fruit, not a world-changing company co-founded by the late Steve Jobs.

He spoke of his career rocketing and the arrival of an internet age where social media was so rampant that he felt “humanity, like me, was becoming an over-exposed prima donna.”

“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,” Khan said as he opened his talk.

“It has to be you who creates a world that is its own best lover, that should be the future you,” he said in closing, referring to the conference theme.

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  • Francis

    I cannot believe that in a country where the constitution was written to introduce fairness/sanity/equity and especially accord women the rightful share in leadership would so shamelessly be so unfair to women.The constitution even required that parties encourage/allow women to vie for some seats for parliament to meet 1/3 gender rule.The men (selfish/stupid men) made sure that did not happen.Why on earth would one choose a man over a woman who had tried and got elected while the rule should be that unless a man got more than 60% over a woman then the woman should get the ticket?What kind of hypocrites are we that next parliament will have fewer women than the current? What hypocrisy is it that will manipulate nominations in Nairobi to lock out women so that men get in unopposed? Where are those clowns running around that they are “champions” of the new constitution while rigging/locking out women out from elective position and abusing those who are courageous enough to hold their own as Hon.Ngilu has done against all odds? I thought Kalonzo and the Pm would be praising her for her role in the fight for women and freedom for all while Kalonzo/Kilonzo were busy singing KANU bs.No , the best they can do is debase her in the most shameless way.It seems women are only valued when they shake and gyrate their mid-sections for the Kalonzos and all those men who have no place in public service.I support the rights of Wamboi/Elizabeth Ongoro/ Bishop Wanjiru and other women from outright abuse.It is high time we see justice.The courts must uphold the right of these gallant women who are being used as dolls in men fight.Only the most primitive society would allow what we are witnessing.

    • sisemikitu

      You need to visit a shrink or take a dive into Ndakaini Dam!! You could easily fizzle out of anger. some king in Jordan once said ‘ Democracy means different thing to different people!’

  • cipa

    Not all women are angels as you are trying to paint them. You must be an ODMer playing their usual public mind manipulation tactics.

  • Jomo2jomo

    Jimmi. Seems stealing elections in the blood! Matadors?

  • Yes,stealing elections and subverting the peoples will is in the family.Keep the fight mary,for though we are not voters in Othaya,we have experience of this type of injustice.

  • This is the utmost display of IMPUNITY in these primaries!! I cannot believe that even after people have made their choice, a secretariat has any audecity to overturn the peoples choice. I am one of those people who has never taken in the populist notion that elections were rigged in favour of the incumbent in 2007. The Othaya debacle seems to prove that for the last five years, I have been wrong. That indeed, the Kivuitu led commission was used to rig the elections just as the TNA has been used this time round. I do not know what that speaks about TNA and its leadership but I would really wish that the TNA secretariat can prove me wrong on this assumption. Mmmm, time to rethink my vote??? (Just thinking)

  • Wambui deserves her right and this very disheartening and unbecoming action agaist this lady.The force behind this need to be silenced otherwise…. NO WAMBUI NO TNA!

  • give wamboi her right to go to paryament she won so what

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