Shahrukh Khan speaks at leadership Summit

SRK to Address the Leadership Summit

SRK to Address the Leadership Summit

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the fifth Summit on October 12 and Smt. Sonia Gandhi is amongst the distinguished speakers.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will deliver a keynote Address at the fifth Hindustan Times Leadership Summit to be held on October 12 and 13 in New Delhi under the theme "The India That Can Be."

The Summit is sponsored by Hindustan Times (HT) Media Ltd., one of the largest media conglomerates in India. Its objectives are to enhance the level of discussion on compelling and pressing national, regional and global issues, to stimulate interaction among leaders and to present an international quality thought-platform aimed at exploring possible solutions.

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the fifth Summit on October 12. Other distinguished speakers on that day include Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the United People's Alliance, P. Chidambaram, Indian Finance Minister, Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujrat, Mohamed El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Sir Bob Geldof, Songwriter, Activist.

President Rajapaksa will address the Summit on October 13 at 10 a.m. Other speakers on that day include Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida, Prof. Daniel Schrag, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director, Harvard University Centre for the Environment and Dr. V. Ramanathan, Professor of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, University of California.

Besides, several business and cultural personalities are also scheduled to address the Summit. They include Mr. ShahRukh Khan,
Ms.Rajashree Birla, Director, Aditya Birla group, Nandan Nilenkani, Co-founder of Infosys Technologies & Co., Harish Manwani, President, Uniliver Asia and Africa and Chairman Hindustan Uniliver.


I am too good looking for politics

I am too good looking for politics
Oct. 13, 2007

After political heavyweights held sway on Day one of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, on Day two of the event on Saturday, actor Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar took centrestage.

Addressing the audience at the summit, Shah Rukh Khan pitched strongly for selling an India in celebration, emphasizing on India as a global entertainment portal.

Adding that films should be formatted to suit international taste, in the same breath, Shah Rukh remarked that Indian films should also have the song-and-dance routines because that was the USP of Indian films.

“The time has come to sell the celebration of the country rather than selling sadness. Acting has no language. I have the potential to make cinema from my country for the world to take notice. But the ban on alcohol and cigarette in celluloid is narrow mindedness,” he said at the event.

The actor made a special note of mentioning the importance of respecting the media, admitting that he is dependent hugely on them. “All we need to do is not be savvy about the media. I think we just have to respect it and continue genuinely working together and I am dependent a lot on the media as a star, individually.”

And what's Shah Rukh’s net worth? “I am priceless. I don't have a price. I sell myself for everything. For endorsements, marriages, dances, birthday parties. The only thing I don't sell myself is for movies that's something I love doing for free,” Shah Rukh quipped at the event.

Admitting that he is extremely competitive, the actor clarified that his competition was very positive.

On a lighter vein, Shah Rukh Khan said looks come in the way of his joining politics. “It is commendable that young people are joining politics but I am too good looking and materialistic to join politics,” he said.

Focussing on India’s growth and development, Shah Rukh said he would like a more educated India.

The superstar also put in a word on the Indo-US nuclear deal that has kept Indian politics on the boil in the past few months. "There is no hurry to push the nuclear deal and even a new US Government can be convinced to go ahead with the Deal,” he said.

The biggest newsmakers of the day have gathered under one platform at the summit in the Capital. Later on Saturday, former governor of Florida and brother of US President, Jeb Bush, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and singer and activist, Bob Geldof, are scheduled to speak at the event.

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