SRK’s previous sojourns on the small screen have been met with a variety of responses. Some have loved his trademark style of hosting a show, while others have been of the opinion that he has not been as charming as his predecessors. But now, Shah Rukh is returning to the small screen, not with another game show or a reality show, but with something of real substance.
Shah Rukh Khan will be seen hosting a series of inspirational talks, in line with the TED Talk series. The TED Talk video series has been highly acclaimed in India and internationally, and now SRK confirmed that he will be coming up with a show based on the popular series.
“It’s a televised version of TED Talks. I have been made to understand that it’s something that has not been done before and they want to try out this concept”, SRK stated.
The TED Talks- short for Technology, Entertainment And Design, addresses people from across the globe, from various stratas of society with one thing in common- they have an inspiring story to tell. The stories generally revolve around cultural issues or current affairs.
Giving more details on the format of the show, SRK said, “People will share stories about changes in society, in life- whether it’s about the climate, dangerous diseases or to help empower women- and all of this will be integrated. There are some beautiful stories- both Indian and international- which the team is planning to get on one platform and do a nice mix of Hindi and English speakers. I feel it will be a niche show.”
Shah Rukh also revealed that he has already shot an episode for the show and a concrete model for future episodes is being prepared. “We shot one episode and we are still doing a lot of focus screening because it’s something that should be done with love. All the people from TED are keen that I do it. So let’s see if we are able to pull it off.We will decide again after we check out the epidode. It should play out well on television. It should not take away from the integrity of the series. And it should not take away from entertaining a little more on TV because it can be a serious platform.”
The actors said that he is a big fan of the TED Talks as well. “Oh, I love TED Talks. I love anything that has to do with knowledge. I would like to be a speaker for them sometime, if I have something interesting to speak about, that is. I love the whole format, listening to it and learning from it. I am very glad that the channel and the TED team feels I’m good enough to do (host) it.”
Well, we are super excited to see you host the series, Shah Rukh, and we believe it will be a brilliant step ahead in the content on Indian television.