King of Bollywood; King of words; King of hearts, King Khan – there are so many names for the beloved Shah Rukh Khan. From time to time, he has showcased how he is one of the most inspiring celebrities of recent times. In the times, when his upcoming movie ‘Pathaan’ becomes a new target of the boycott gang, he was seen at the event in Kolkata celebrating films.
While speaking at the event, Shah Rukh Khan shared his thoughts about cyber abuse and the negativity in social media.
With his charming personality, Shah Rukh addressed the crowd in his own special way at the opening of the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). While referring Amitabh Bachchan as the “son-in-law” of the city, he said: “Firstly, it’s great to be in Kolkata; it’s great to see Didi, Dada, the beloved son-in-law of Kolkata, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya aunty here. We haven’t met for a long time. I am so happy to see my dear Rani… But I am the most excited to see you all. I haven’t been here for a couple of years.”
He further added: “The collective narrative of our times is shaped by social media. Contrary to the belief that social media will affect cinema negatively, I believe cinema has an even more important role to play now,”
Social Media Driven By Narrowness & Negativity: Shah Rukh Khan
#WATCH | Social media often driven by a certain narrowness of view that limits human nature to its baser self…I read somewhere-negativity increases social media consumption…Such pursuits enclose collective narrative making it divisive & destructive: Shah Rukh Khan at Kolkata pic.twitter.com/LO1X5YUXh4
“Social media is often driven by a certain narrowness of view that limits human nature to its baser self. I read somewhere that negativity increases social media consumption and thereby increases its commercial value. Such pursuits enclose the collective narrative, making it divisive and destructive,” Mr. Khan said.
Positive People In The World Are Alive: Shah Rukh Khan
“We haven’t been able to meet for a while, but the world is becoming normal now. We are all happy, and I am the happiest. And I have no qualms in saying that no matter what the world does, I and you, and all positive people in the world are ALIVE,” he added. In his speech, Khan also mentioned about cinema acting like a vehicle “for people of different colors, castes, and religions to understand each other better.”
Shah Rukh Khan gave this powerful speech at a time when some social media users and political party leaders are asking to boycott Pathan because Deepika Padukone is wearing an orange dress in the song “Besharam Rang” (Shameless Color) that resembles the saffron that is sacred in Hinduism and is the primary color of the BJP.
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