Public Speaking Expert
Indian celebrity Shah Rukh Khan has been accused of copying large sections of a famous speech made by JK Rowling during his own address to the All India Management Association (AIMA).
The speech made by Shah Rukh Khan was received well and he is known for being able to engage well with the public through his heart felt words during speeches.
During the now famous speech Shah Rukh Khan spoke about failure, success and poverty and how they are part of our everyday lives. This important subject though was exceptionally similar in its delivery to a speech made by the famous UK author JK Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter saga.
The first place the similarities were spotted were on a blog written by Agratha Dinakaran called MeLaNGe.
She spotted that there were many aspects that were virtually identical in the speech made by Shah Rukh Khan to the AIMA as the speech made by JK Rowling at Harvard in 2008 entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination”.
Closer examination of the transcripts of both speeches have now shown the full extent of how close the two speeches appear.
While it is fine to use the words of other people in a speech to help make a point as well as possible it is essential that the person who first spoke the words is credited and it is not made to appear that the words were written by the new person doing the speech.
One of the most obvious points in the speech that is very like the JK Rowling speech was when Shah Rukh Khan said: “Poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. I had seen my parents go through it many times. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”
The original speech saw JK Rowling saying: “I quite agree with them that it is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.”
It is being said in defence of Shah Rukh Khan that the speech was ghost written for him and that he had been unaware of the fact that his writer had drawn heavily on other previous speeches.