Shah Rukh Khan's unconventional speech at TED Talks 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, is blowing up on the internet. This is the first time an Indian actor has spoken at the initiative that goes with the tagline "ideas worth spreading".
However, in his 17-minute speech, the King of Bollywood touched the hearts of millions, not by sharing ideas but by selling dreams and his idea of love. The 51-year-old actor shared his wisdom as a responsible influencer in society, and his charming personality and oratory floored fans.
At times witty and at other times sarcastic but inspiring, Khan's sprawling TED talk touched subjects including his Bollywood career, humanity, the hazards of social media and the importance of love in today's world.
IBTimes UK has compiled some best quotes from the actor's speech that received thunderous applause.
On his Bollywood career
1. "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."
2. "I have been made to understand that there are a lot of you who haven't seen my work and I feel really sad for you. That doesn't take away from the fact that I am completely self-obsessed, as a movie star should be."
On his position in the Indian film industry as an ageing actor
3. "I truly believe that humanity is a lot like me. It is an ageing 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."
He also drew a parallel between ageing and humanity
4. "By the time I was 40, I was really flying. I had done 50 films by then and 200 songs and I had been knighted by the Malaysians and given the highest civilian honour by the French government. Humanity was soaring with me. We were both flying off the handle actually."
On social media scrutiny
5. "Everything I said took a new meaning, everything I did – good, bad, ugly was there for the world to comment upon and judge. Everything that I didn't say or do was met with the same fate."
On the peril of social media
6. "Reality became virtual and virtual became real. I started to feel that I couldn't be who I wanted to be or say what I actually thought. And humanity at this time completely identified with me. Both of us were going through mid-life crisis. Humanity, like me, was becoming an over-exposed prima donna."
7. "I tried to reconstruct my identity on social media."
On inspiring the youth to make a difference with love
8. "Neither power nor poverty can make your life more magical or less torturous... Whatever helps you survive is perhaps the oldest and simplest emotion known to mankind. And that is love."
9. "Mankind will never be the wiser about its future unless it is coupled with a sense of love and compassion for their fellow beings."
10. "You may use your power to build walls and to keep people outside or you may use it to break barriers and welcome them in."