Shah Rukh Khan: Not competing with Akshay or Salman

Oct 06, 2017, 08:50 IST | Letty Mariam Abraham

No comparison with peers hosting reality shows, Shah Rukh Khan says his latest TV outing is special

Ted Talks, which has been a rage on the Internet, is coming to India in the form of a television show. It's only fitting that the show, which aims to give a platform to innovative ideas and success stories, will be hosted by one of India's biggest success stories - Shah Rukh Khan. On why the concept has been redesigned to suit the model of a TV show, the actor says, "It may seem that we are going the old route by picking the med-ium of television. But this is the first time that TED Talks is happening in Hindi. The language will [help us] cater to a huge audience."

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

With Khan coming back as a host after his stints in Kaun Banega Crorepati and Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain, comparisons with his peers – especially Salman Khan (Bigg Boss) and Akshay Kumar (The Great Indian Laughter Challenge) are inevitable. "I'm not competing with them. They are in a league of their own. This show has a very different sensibility. It is meant to inspire people. We are not restricted by TRPs and ratings."

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Describing it as a show "that's closest to my heart", Khan says it is the sheer idea that encouraged him to come on board. "I've not charged as much as most actors do," he smiles, before adding, "Money has never kept me going. With the grace of God, I'm well to do. I've never really done anything for money." The superstar, who is known for his eloquence, has also been approached to write and contribute for the TED Talks book. "It is a huge honour because this is so creatively satisfying. Of all the things I have done in my life, this show makes me feel alive."

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

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