SRK Prophesized Social Media Influencer Culture Back In 2013, Old Video Resurfaces

Back in 2013, our idea of social media was mostly about connecting with people from various parts of the world, sharing status updates and silly pictures in albums titled ‘Random Memories’. However, now the idea of social media is very different. It is no more just a medium for people to connect but has become a tool for people to start a career, learn, teach, entertain and what not.

A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t have thought that ‘social media influencers’ would be a thing…that Instagram models, online journalists, Tumblr writers, Pinterest artists, etc. would be a thing. That making memes would be a career option! However, Shahrukh Khan knew. He knew that there would come a day when social media would give rise to stars and they too, like film stars, would have to face the love and wrath of the audience.

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A video of an old Shahrukh Khan interview is being circulated online wherein the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ spoke about how social media would create stars from all walks of life.

“If you have a platform to speak, everybody does. The world is changing. Social media, and television, and the access to mediums like these to so many are going to create many stars. Only film stars are not going to be stars. Only television acting stars are not going to be stars. There could be stars from other walks of life.”

He went on to add that stardom would come with consequences.

“And when you become a star…it’s a very difficult thing to be a star. Because two things happen to you – one, you lose the ability to surprise every time; second, the fear of failure always resides on your head. You’re a public figure. If somebody says bad, you have to take it; somebody says good, you have to take it with a dimpled smile and always look positive. I wish everybody becomes a star. And I hope that social media takes into account your stardom and comes after you.”

Have a look at the video here:

People online couldn’t believe that SRK prophecised the future and called him a “visionary”.


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