The Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan effortlessly juggled roles to entertain, quiz and dispense words of wisdom. JESHI K. reports
As the countdown began, all eyes were glued to the stage. Lights went dim, there was silence and the star descended in true Bollywood style with music beats. He stood on a podium which moved up in the air, and everyone in the audience got a glimpse of the star waving and smiling to them. Decorative display of lights beamed on the stage, ‘King Khan' flashed on the screen and the youngsters screamed “Shah Rukh Khan I Love You”. To which the actor replied: “I love you too.”
“We'll have enough fun, music and entertainment,” the actor told the packed audience at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium. He was in Bangalore to host the Dare 10, the B-School Quiz organised by IIPM along with 4Ps Business and Marketing magazine. A total of six teams made it to the finals after competing with teams from 150 countries.
Recalling his childhood memories in Bangalore (his grandparents lived in Nandi Durga Street) he told them “Success cannot teach you any wisdom. I came to Mumbai, started doing roles and I became successful. Sometimes, you don't even know how it happens.”
SRK says failure is an amazing teacher. “It teaches you to be pragmatic, who your real friends are, and it leads to exhaustion and you start working harder.”
It is the fear of failure that drove the actor to make it big. “My parents were not successful, I have seen poverty and I am scared of begin poor. This fear makes me work hard. Be organised, disciplined and continue working hard,” he told the youngsters and delivered the popular “kkkiran” dialogue from “Darr” and “Harne wale ko Baazigar kehte hain…” from “Baazigar”.
“Find out what is the music you want to dance to. Respect life with all its failures and problems, accept them and overcome. It will be easier to lead life,” he told the youth.
After a brief introduction of the teams – IMT, Ghaziabad, Kenan-Flager from North Carolina, ITM, Mumbai, Booth School of Business from Chicago, IMNU and IPE, Hyderabad –E , it was back to business with ‘Rip-U-Apart', the first round of quiz. One member of every team wore a special jacket which the actor tore after they gave the answers. They chose questions from categories such as movies, fashion, gizmos, auto and media. He joked with the participants, gave them his own names, accepted kisses from a participant (whose wife wanted him to kiss SRK on her behalf), punished the teams that didn't do well with gifts, “to make up for the sadness” and even taught them how to shake a leg by dancing to the beats of “Chaiyya Chaiyya”.
In the audience round, he went on the knees to seek permission from a parent to let her daughter (who was on the dais with him) to watch his movie “My Name is Khan”.
The People round was dedicated to Khan and the actor appeared on the stage wearing a suit with six pockets. One of the members from every team had to frisk the actor, ‘touch and feel' the pocket and choose the question.
It brought to light some of the lesser known facts about the actor (he also has a wax statue with six packs at Musee Grevin museum in Paris) and also about the ‘Road Block' advertising strategy used to promote “My Name is Khan” and his upcoming 10-part series on Discovery Travel and Living.
The Product round (seeing is believing) had clippings from popular movies such as name of phone brand in “Oceans 13” (Samsung), name of the airlines in “Rain Man” ( Qantas, Queensland Northern Territorial Aerial Services) and the car model in “Twilight” (Volvo's C30).
The Promotion - Right Foot Forward round was fun-filled as the actor made the participants dance to his popular numbers such as “It's The Time to Disco” and “Dard-e-disco”. He also shared an anecdote from “Kabhie Haan Kabhie Na”. “There is a long scene with an ice cream, which we shot with shaving foam. I had to eat three times,” he joked.
“Always remember to thank God. Luck also plays a big role in life,” he told the students.