Shah Rukh Khan in Davos: At World Economic Forum 2018, Bollywood star relives DDLJ moment

By: | Updated: January 23, 2018 7:07 PM

Shah Rukh Khan in Davos LIVE UPDATES: Shah Rukh Khan will shortly address a session on Women Empowerment at the World Economic Forum in Davos. On Monday (January 22), he was given the 'Crystal Award' by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his work championing the rights of children and women in India.

Shah Rukh Khan in Davos LIVE UPDATES: Bollywood super star Shah Rukh Khan will speak on Women Empowerment shortly

Shah Rukh Khan in Davos LIVE UPDATES: After receiving a thundering appluase from the audience for his Crystal Awards speech, Bollywood Super star Shah Rukh Khan is set to have a session of his own at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Shah Rukh Khan’s session, named An Insight, an Idea with Shah Rukh Khan, will have the star talking about ‘creating change in India through women’s empowerment’. Earlier, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan received an award for his work raising awareness about human rights issues at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Monday (January 22). Shah Rukh was given the ‘Crystal Award’ by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of his work championing the rights of children and women in India. The actor is a founder of a non-profit foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. Shah Rukh Khan received thunderous applause from the audience as he wrapped his speech after receiving the award. He spoke on ‘power dynamics’, to be specific, his speech revoloved around how ‘courage can catalyse victimhood into heroism’. Australian actress Cate Blanchett also received an award for her work with refugees and British singer Sir Elton John for his campaigning on HIV/AIDS.

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6: 15 pm: Shah Rukh Khan to address a plenary session on women empowerment shortly. Yesterday, he urged the gathering to fight for women empowerment.

5: 45 pm: Meanwhile, PM Modi spoke at length at the WEF 2018 in Davos. He highlighted the challenges in front of the world – Climate Change, Terrorism, and Reverse Globalisation.

4: 50 pm: In his speech, Shah Rukh Khan urged everyone to fight against sexism and discrimination against women.

3: 55 pm: Shah Rukh Khan joined the plenary session of WEF 2018 where the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the keynote address to listen to his keynote address.

3: 52 pm: Shortly, Shah Rukh Khan will share his thoughts on women’s empowerment and Karan Johar will also address a seperate session, while V. Ramgopal Rao, director, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, will help shape the discussion on large-scale research collaborations.

3: 40 pm: Shah Rukh Khan’s Meer Foundation’s official website states its vision as “Empowered Women. Empowered Society”. The mission of the foundation, as per the website, is “To enable, enhance and encourage – empower women by making them feel appreciated and inspired, and to foster humility, pride and gallantry among the men in their lives. To tap into the bravery, warmth and optimism that exists within us all.”

The cine star also thanked his late mother, wife and his daughter for inspiring him.

3: 30 pm: “When I journeyed through the life of these heroic women and children through the work of Meer Foundation, I experienced a complete reversal of perspective. I stumbled upon the truth that there are no benefactors and beneficiaries between living beings anymore,” Shah Rukh Khan said in his speech.

3: 20 pm: The 24th Annual Crystal Awards celebrated the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown a commitment to improving the state of the world.

3: 10 pm: The Annual Crystal Awards ceremony, which opens the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort in Davos, celebrates the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world. The past awardees from India include Amitabh Bachchan, Mallika Sarabhai, AR Rahman, Shabana Azmi, Ravi Shankar and Amjad Ali Khan.

British musician Elton John, Shah Rukh Khan and Australian actress Cate Blanchett at the Crystal Awards ceremony

2: 58 pm: After receiving the award, he said, “Extremely charged that I’ve had this amazing opportunity, this award, being recognized like this for minuscule work that I did, I’d like to do it with even more fervor. What is even more pleasant is that India is here in full power: Shah Rukh Khan in Davos,” while speaking to the reporters.

2: 48 pm: King Khan is a founder of the non-profit organization — Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. SRK has also created hospital wards for specialized children and has supported child care centers with free boarding for kids undergoing cancer treatment.

2: 25 pm: He voiced against acid attack in his speech saying, “To disfigure a woman by throwing acid on her face is, to me, one the basest, crudest acts of subjugation imaginable. At the source of it lies the view that a woman does not have the right to assert her choice. And yet, each of the women I met, I found within them, the courage to move on with their lives and to reject the idea of victimhood. What was done to them only made them braver and stronger and more able to free themselves to make the choices that everyone around them said they could not make or should not make.”

2:00 pm: Citing a simple real-life example, Shah Rukh Khan stressed on the need for the powerful to get out of the way. He said, “I was babysitting my five-year-old son before I came here and suddenly he screamed, ‘Papa, Papa my eye went into my hair. Can you please get my eye out of the hair?’ – He didn’t say get my hair out of my eye, like we all believe they do. It’s a bit like that when you have power, I guess. You think things get in its way but actually it is the power getting into the way. We, the powerful, need to get out of the way, and break open the access to the resources.” WATCH VIDEO :

1: 30 pm: In his speech yesterday, he highlighted the fact that the choices of women should be respected. He said, “I would like to thank my sister (Shehnaz Lalarukh Khan), my wife (Gauri Khan) and my little daughter (Suhana Khan) for bringing me up well and teaching me the value of requesting, sometimes imploring, and may I add, sometimes even begging a yes from a woman instead of forcing it upon her.”

1: 20 pm: In a tweet, he expressed his delight after receiving the reward saying, “Honoured to receive the @wef’s 24th Crystal Award, together with @eltonofficial and Cate Blanchett. My fan moment!!”

1: 10 pm: Notably, the Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, has a long standing relationship with Switzerland as some of his most memorable movies Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Darr, Yes Boss and Jab Tak Hai Jaan were shot right here amidst the ice-capped mountains.

1:00 pm: Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan recreated his signature pose with arms open in Davos, Switzerland. In a Facebook post, he attached a picture along with the caption, “Switzerland main aake yeh na kiya toh kya kiya…?”

SRK strikes his signature pose in Davos

12: 50 pm: Shah Rukh Khan was at his wittiest best after receiving the Crystal Award. He started his speech on a light note yesterday, saying, “Just a special request, before you (Cate Blanchett and Sir Elton John) go, can I do a selfie? Now? There, I have embarrassed my children.”

12: 40 pm: In his Crystal Award speech yesterday (January 22), Shah Rukh Khan said, ‘power needs a complete reversal more than anything else.’

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