The controversy regarding Shah Rukh Khan’s indulgence into plagiarism has moved ahead. SRK apparently imitated J.K Rowling’s 2008 Harvard speech at the All India Management Association (AIMA) and failed to pay the credits to the British author.
Shah Rukh Khan’s Chief Digital Strategist Shailja has come out in defense of the actor on her own blog. She clearly mentioned at the beginning that she was not speaking up on behalf of SRK.
The Chief Digital Strategist says that Shah Rukh Khan had duly credited the ‘Harry Potter’ author for using her 2008 Harvard speech. He told us that Shah Rukh also stated at the beginning of his speech that it was a ‘recycled’ one. He said: “Let me forewarn you, this is a recycled speech. Whenever I am called to give speeches at YPO or some such big organisation…I use this speech. Its generic…simple…and makes me give no commitment in our first meeting. Somewhat like the corporate world itself.”
While in her 2008 speech JK Rowling had 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 anyone’s total control and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”
Shah Rukh Khan used this portion of hers in his speech as,” What Rowling so aptly described in her Harvard speech… life is a not just a check list of acquisitions…attainments…and fulfillment. Your qualifications and c.v. don’t really matter. Instead life is difficult and complicated…and beyond anyone’s control…and the humility to know that…by respecting your failures will help you survive it’s vicissitudes.”
We can just keep our fingers crossed, hoping that the controversy King gets out of this fix soon.