Shah Rukh Khan‘s recent speech at the AIMA has an uncanny similarity to J.K. Rowling’s famous Harvard speech of 2008.
Shah Rukh Khan‘s speech at 40th national management convention at the All India Management Association (AIMA) in New Delhi was a success; the star even received a standing ovation.
But if you have heard the speech and find it a little too similar to something you might have heard before, then you aren’t alone.
A blogpost by Agratha Dinakaran, a 24-year-old from Bengaluru, compares and points out certain sentences, claiming the Bollywood star has copied words from J.K. Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard in 2008 -The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.
“I don’t know if his speech writer messed up or he intentionally stole it; either way, I don’t like this one bit. And even if he did want to use parts of Rowling’s speech, the least he could have done was credit her or maybe paraphrase some of those lines, but no. The man concluded his speech with the choicest of words plucked from Rowling’s speech that earned him a standing ovation,” she wrote.
Shah Rukh’s speech was primarily about his early days and his struggle with poverty.
Rowling too spoke about how poverty made her stronger. Looks like SRK is going to be busy preparing another speech, hopefully, an original one this time around.