In the past, we have all witnessed Bollywood's superstar Shahrukh Khan narrating his tales about his life struggle. He recently made a speech at the All India Management Association (AIMA) conference held in September and we now hear that the actor's speech holds a lot of resemblance to author JK Rowling's speech at Harvard University in 2008.
This cropped up only when a Bangalore-based social media consultant noticed this apparent plagiarism of Rowling's speech by Shahrukh in his blog.
JK Rowling, the author of the ‘Harry Potter' series has had her share of miseries in her past and she had shared these ecperinces in her speech. In her speech, Rowling had mentioned that poverty was not an ‘ennobling experience'. She had also stated that "Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships."
Although many SRK fans may find it hard to believe this but he has directly lifted a few phrases from Rowling's speech. "Let me tell you, poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. Ive seen my parents go through it many times - it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships."
Shahrukh also made a few statements such as - "I'd like to tell you all that life is not just a checklist of acquisitions, attainments and fulfilments. Your qualifications and CVs don't matter, your jobs dont matter. Instead, life is difficult and complicated and beyond your control, and to know that with humility, respecting your failures will help you survive its vicissitudes."
Rowling had said a very similar thing in 2008. She said, "Happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyones total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes." We now wonder what SRK's defence for this plagiarism is!