Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is all about his words. A day after the King of Bollywood received the 24th Annual Crystal Award for his charitable work towards women and children, he spoke on ‘women empowerment in India’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
SRK said people should stop peddling the term ‘equality’ for monetary gains. “Equality is not a man-made word. It is given by nature. We are just peddling the word in order to reap benefits, which must stop.”
“Women are not allowed to assert a choice. Methods might change in different parts of the world, but we have always seen women being oppressed because of their biological differences.”
He said, “I’m not saying this out of modesty but I think it’s truly undeserving. When I started working with these women, I went in with the concept of narcissistic compassion that I’m doing a good job. That’s how most people start. But when I was with them,I realised that they don’t need any empathy. They are really brave. They don’t need your charity. All they need is a sense of solidarity. They need you to be with them and they don’t need another definition. We are too eager, as a society, to give women a definition and I say women because, in this case, 85% of the acid attack victims are women.”
The actor also spoke about what motivated him in the first place to work with acid attack victims and children. “Actually it’s the number. I was in the hospital once. I had to get some physiotherapy done for my shoulder. It’s a hospital I visit regularly and meet the women, kids and families sometimes. I go for rounds late at night so no one gets disturbed.There was this case of these two kids from Kashmir. Their house was bombed and they had lost their families. They had 60-70 percent burns and at the same time, I wanted to buy a newplaystation for my son and all the shops were closed. I got a shop opened because I’m a big movie star (he laughs) and I got the playstation before I reached the hospital for my physiotherapy.”
“I met these kids there and I don’t think they even realised the extent of suffering they had, they were so young. I left the playstation there and I tried to get the shop opened again to buy another one for my son but I failed. I went home and told my kids about it. My kids were of the same age as the victims then so it came quite naturally to me to help them. You become more compassionate when you are a parent. I started studying and finding out from people that there are officially around 400 acid attack victims in India. It was the number that I felt I could contain and rehabilitate. If things work, I could even employ them,” he concluded.
He shared his ‘fan moment’ on Twitter with a post. “Honoured to receive the @wef’s 24th Crystal Award, together with @eltonofficial and Cate Blanchett. My fan moment!!.”
The 52-year-old star arrived in Davos on Monday and shared two images on social media.
“Bhai sahib kaafi thand hai (It’s quite cold)!!! Hope to find some love and friendship to keep me warm here. Thank you World Economic Forum for the honour and for having me over. Davos diaries,” he captioned his first tweet.
For the second tweet, he relived his DDLJ-pose in Switzerland’s alpine resort town. It read, “Switzerland main aake yeh na kiya toh kya kiya…?! Loving being at the Davos, now to get ready for the Crystal Award Ceremony.”
He urged the women to be themselves and said, “There is nothing more equal than being who you are. Men desexualise women only because they are scared.” When he was asked what he was most scared of, he joked, “I am scared of women loving me too much”.
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