Here’s Shah Rukh Khan take on Meryl Streep speech and it’s bang on!
The recent speech of Meryl Streep at Golden Globes Awards has impressed many and seem to be an inspiration for Bollywood stars. A debate broke out that why don’t Bollywood celebrities come out in open and address certain issues with such courage. When most of the celebs agree with the thought, Shah Rukh Khan feels that in India, the thoughts do get distorted while they are being put across to public.
He quoted to a leading daily,
My take is that all of society needs to be like that. Get me a top TV journalist who puts my views across as they are, without trying to add their own point of view. Then I would say something. I have said it before, and I rue the day I said it (shared my opinions.) It is about how much views are put across, which is very sad. And then the same people ask, ‘Why doesn’t Shah Rukh Khan say anything?’ No, I won’t say anything. You say it, but you can’t tell me what to say. You like Meryl Streep so much, run her tape. God bless you; you have Meryl Streep saying it, so why do you want someone else to say the same thing? Why do you want to be a copycat like you always have been? It’s stupid.
I think Meryl Streep said a wonderful thing. We all have to be like that, and I am not talking about just artistes. Also, whenever something happens somewhere, they are like, ‘Why isn’t Shah Rukh Khan commenting on it?’ But I don’t want to. I am an actor, main koi vocal leader thodi na hoon. So, what the lady said is marvellous. She found a platform and she found people who appreciated what she said. In India, everybody has so many opinions that they want to pick on something others say. I think journalism in the US is different. Journalists there became stars and are now past that stage. And so did I when I was 10 years into stardom. I have reached a stage in life where stardom is taken for granted. Indian journalists are new stars. When they used to it (stardom), I will speak my mind, as I know that they will then – like real stars – treat it (what I say) with respect.
Yes, he does make a point here! At many instances SRK has got into trouble because of his thoughts getting misconstrued, so his take on Meryl Streep’s speech sure makes sense.