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Shah Rukh receives doctorate from Scottish uni

Thereport24.com Desk:

Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday was presented with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Edinburgh University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal, reports International Business Times.

Khan, who is hailed as the world's biggest superstar, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

Receiving his honorary degree, Shah Rukh Khan, said: "It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world's illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities. To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment.

"I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice. I hope that many more of India and South Asia's brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh."

After the presentation, the 49-year-old, who has starred in over 80 films and clocked over 25 years as a leading light in the Indian film industry, took to the dais for a public lecture in which he shared his own life lessons with an audience comprising 400 South Asian students, all of them ardent fans of the star.

Using his chronology of films as the backdrop, he extolled on the most important virtues and goals of life, citing "madness (of the particularly nice /romantic kind) as an absolute prerequisite to happiness ...There's no such thing as normal" he espoused." That's just another word for lifeless."

The charismatic star urged the students to face their fears and admitted he had no qualms in doing the Funky Chicken in front of his teenage children's friends.

"Don't let your fears become boxes that enclose you. Open them out. Feel them and turn them into the greatest courage you are capable of.

“If you live by your fears everything that could go wrong will go wrong and you won't have even done the funky chicken," he added.

Ends/thereport24.com/MI/Oct 16, 2015