Bollywood star actor Shah Rukh Khan will speak at Yale on 12 April, as a Chubb Fellow.

According to a report in The Times of India, the Bollywood star is being seen by Yale authorities as a source of inspiration to his public. They feel the actor's films and philanthropy are important examples of the power of art to promote higher human ideals and aspirations.

The Chubb Fellowships are given to those who have "inspired students to see service to the public good as the highest calling to which a global citizen can aspire".

"The faculty, students and staff of Yale are honoured that SRK has agreed to speak at Yale. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna was filmed at Yale in 2006 and we know his return visit will be even more memorable," George Joseph, the Assistant Secretary of International Affairs at Yale University, was quoted as saying.

The actor will speak at the Shubert Theatre, where other famous people like filmmaker Sofia Coppola and former US Presidents George W Bush and Ronald Reagan have been honoured.

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Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena KapoorReuters
Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan, receives an award, from Moroccan actress Houda Rihani, for his contributions to Indian cinema, at the opening ceremony of the 11th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM)REUTERS/Jean Blondin
• Released two of his most ambitious films “Ra.One” and “Don 2” in 2011 • Hosted the reality show “Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipe Out” on Image TVReuters