Saturday, October 5, 2013

From J.K. to S.R.K., word sure travels uncredited!

Yes, we've all been talking about Shahrukh Khan's inspirational speech at AIMA. Some claim that it was one of the best speeches of his career, and the humility and honesty expressed in his speech and demeanor make him the true superstar that he is.

I'm not a big fan of the man himself, but when I began to read the speech, I thought that it was mighty impressive (I was still on page 1 of a 3 page article). Then I read the second page, a part of which sounded eerily familiar, but I could not place it. When I finally came to the third page where Shahrukh Khan was concluding his speech, I was certain that I had read some bits of this somewhere.

It was from J.K. Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard in 2008, 'The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination'. I would have to say that this is one of my favourite speeches of all time, largely because Rowling talks about failure, and how she learnt to accept it and most importantly, how she learnt her lesson from it and grew to be a better individual. She talks about poverty, about her family, her broken marriage - about her failures, and the benefits that came with it that made her who she is today.

Mr. Shahrukh Khan also talked about his family, his poverty and also about his failures and the benefits that came with it in his speech, which were a little too similar to that of Ms. Rowling. No, scratch that. They were exactly the words of Ms. Rowling.

Excerpt from J.K. Rowling's speech where she talks about poverty:
Source: Harvard Magazine
While Shahrukh Khan also talks about how poverty is not an ennobling experience at all:
Source: The Times of India


And J.K. Rowling concluded her speech with these wise words:
Source: Harvard Magazine

And Shahrukh Khan decided that he will too:
Source: The Times of India
I hope your humility is helping you survive your failure's vicissitudes, Mr. Khan. Because this is B.S.! Stealing someone's speech is deplorable and keeping mum about its source is downright disgusting.

I know many of you are probably thinking that it's just a few lines that have been ripped off, but the man literally quoted those lines verbatim and didn't even credit her for it. He came across as this humble and honest guy who spoke from his heart, while a couple of parts of his speech were clearly stolen.

I don't know if his speech writer messed up or he intentionally stole it; either way, I don't like this one bit. And even if he did want to use parts of Rowling's speech, the least he could have done was credit her or maybe paraphrase some of those lines, but no. The man concluded his speech with the choicest of words plucked from Rowling's speech that earned him a standing ovation.

Maybe he did have an impoverished childhood. Maybe he did live in poverty. Maybe he became the best that he could be after his failures. But does that justify blatantly stealing someone's words without giving them due credit? This to me, is despicable and is honestly very insulting to Rowling. I hope the media stops singing praises of his speech and actually points out where the parts of brilliance in his speech actually were from.

You can watch the original speech of J.K. Rowling here (I highly recommend it):



References:


*disgruntled* *annoyed* *needs a hug from a fellow Potterhead*

74 comments:

Sachi Mohanty said...

Oh and quoted from such a well-known commencement address by such a well-known person too!?!?

Shameless and fearless stealing of ideas.

Now that I see some of SRK's text, I get the feeling that he has been using these 'inspirational' words for quite a while and not only this AIMA speech that you have dissected.

Mr. Khan must apologize for the plagiarizing antics of whoever his 'speech writer' or copy writer is.

Agratha Dinakaran said...

I hate that the words have been quoted verbatim shamelessly. And, some tell me that SRK is usually more diligent than blindly trusting his speech writer. Unsure about that bit, but I think it's basic courtesy to credit someone when you generously steal quotes from them.

satyajith av said...

SRK for you-->

aakashgoel said...

not his fan .... but dont vent your ire on him ..... he is a paid actor .... and he always admits to doing anything if he is paid the right amount ..... perhaps you should focus on the host ..... and look at their activities ...... and the way they are managed ..... or shall i say staged?

R said...

I don't think he got a standing ovation just for these few lines. How many times in our common use of language do we credit the person ( or people) when we quote some of their more famous quotes. I am not supporting what he did but time and again as people of India, we take more pride in downsizing people rather than applauding their success story. Time we grew up and stop our minds from discussing people. Before you accuse me of stealing, I want to end this with a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt - "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Agratha Dinakaran said...

Hi, R! I didn't know that I wasn't allowed to express my opinion on something. Whatever happened to free speech?
That said, let me tell you that this post wasn't written with an intent to insult SRK, just bring it to light that some parts of the speech were liberally lifted from J.K. Rowling's speech in 2008. I'm applauding the success story of J.K. Rowling and I think that she deserves due credit for something that Shahrukh Khan claims to have said and earned respect for. There is nothing wrong in quoting someone, or something from a book; as long as you always credit the source. No one would have loved him any lesser if he had simply credited Rowling.

SalWoman Khan said...

India me Kutta bhi SRK ka naam leta hai toh woh bhi Famous ho jata hai...
thats why whenever someone wants to be famous in India then he/She uses SRKs name
no other star giver more intelligent interviews than SRK
actually ppl Hating SRK is like a Drop of Piss saying I Hate Ocean.........

Kashif Ansari said...

Why is it that western people always get the credit and Indians are always looked upon with doubt and face scathing criticism even for minor mistakes.....SRK is one of the greatest Indian...He has done India a lot of proud and given Bollywood a lot of fan following outside India....Its time we learn to be proud of Indian Achievers.

Raghavendra A Ravuri said...

he says a recycle speech :D

mspseudoneem said...

*hug from fellow Potterhead as requested*
*actually a Mudblood stranger who stumbled onto this from reddit*
Siriusly though, I feel ashamed...for him as well - think of what he must think WE as his audience are, to have the audacity to expect us to gobble down whatever he throws at us. Movie plotlines(mostly nonexistent anyway) being Holly-rip-offs are one thing but THIS? I mean, can't he even SPEAK A FEW ORIGINAL WORDS FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE? WHEN WILL OUR PEOPLE VALUE ORIGINALITY? *breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out* phew! Thanks for writing this, the SRK-fan-in-me-alreadying-in-the-recent-past just committed suicide :(

Riz said...

lol big deal, speech was great anyway.

@mspseudoneem...having a few lines from jk rowling makes the other 99% (based on his life experience) of this speech and other speeches unoriginal? and plotlines being holly-rip-offs? by such vague comments, nearly all of bollywood films would be rip-offs. I didn't find any rip-off in chak de india, om shanti om, rab ne bana di jodi, chennai express, my name is khan, don2, jab tak hai jaan etc.

you're clearly overreacting.

Jaykumar said...

Even Steve Job's speech at Stanford also is utter nonsense where he first taks about his poverty, talks about his biological mother & father....

Nowadays it became a fashion to do so to gain sympathy....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA&feature=player_embedded

mspseudoneem said...

Hello Riz! If I were to add just a wee bit of poison into a cup of tea, wouldn't the otherwise wonderfully-prepared-from-handpicked-tea-leaves STILL be poison? I did overreact, not to come across as an Internet troll *grunt* of course but I am sick of our society being SO unconcerned about the concept of originality. SRK is an icon of sorts and surely him doing something is highly representative of us as a society. Can you imagine what a non-Indian non-SRK-fan getting to know of this rip-off would think? That we are all a bunch of liars and copycats. How right they would be!

rohit shetty said...

so want ask every one here how many of read srk speech now after they came to knw of ripp of haha jst count RT's it got and his speech got at that time so u can easily say everybody wants pull down nt go up U knw everybody needs a name to sell thier name has ever this blog as much hits it getting nw jst bcuz of srk watch video at aima hope u will or plz post full video then talk abt dnt post bits and pieces

Ramesh Iyer said...

For an industry which is not exactly known for originality, this hardly comes as a surprise. He had also lifted the popular statement in the best-selling book "The Alchemist" of Paolo Coelho in his Om Shanti Om movie - which states "...and when you want something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it." Strange, no one mentioned it as yet.

viswanath sanam said...

This is just a hate speech-hate blog-hate-hate I should say..why wouldn't some one focus on the good things he said but zoom on these trivial,unnecessary and irrelevant things? why is it despicable if at all,if your writer copied some words? If the crowd gave a standing ovation and some one has a problem with that,or any other petty thing..there is some negativity that is to be cured..unless it is intentional. who will advice some one who is enjoying the speech to focus on its shortcomings instead? I mean why do you want to influence their opinion about something or someone? why not let them be happy instead? why vent so much ire? why not take the positive message from the speech? why not feel inspired? who cares a damn about the words to get inspired about life? Its the achievements one see..Completely beats any one who likes to think positively. Unless we know its hate-monging..YOU HAVE A LIFE, LOVE IT? WHY BROOD OVER SOMEONE ELSE'S POPULARITY? Thats what differentiates between losers and achievers

God's Favorite Son.. said...

"SRK is one of the greatest Indian...He has done India a lot of proud" - how do you qualify that claim ?

indiboy said...

Hi regarding Chak De, you'd wanna see "Miracle" starring Kurt Russell. I'm sure you'll find out that a even a great movie like Chak De is not original.

Agratha Dinakaran said...

Wow, look at the number of haters in this thread wasting their time by commenting on how I'm wasting my time writing this post.

Agratha Dinakaran said...

Okay, so a lot of you clearly aren't getting my main aim of this post.
I don't hate SRK and this was not written to insult him. This was just to cast light on how parts of the speech which HE is getting credit for aren't actually original and generously borrowed from Rowling's speech.

Irrespective of the fakeness of the industry and a 100 other Hollywood-script thefts, there is still a person behind the actor, who is highly respected worldwide. I just don't think it is fair that someone should earn those praises and respect for the work of someone else's. I just think that credit should be given where it is due. Peace.

devil wears Priya said...

So what, it made for a good speech....who the hell cares! He is used to reading from scripts and Indian scripts are often ripoffs! so again, who cares, he didnt publish it did he. Screw JK Rowling

krishnachaitanya said...

What if he copied , that was a good speech anyway ..Coming to the speech, i really dont think that he wrote the speech .He should have asked some one to write and he would have rehearsed and read it .He would have at max corrected a few lines in it ..

Nautnankey Kapoor said...

The fact that u use such filthy language to address critics of a movie star you love shows who is shit and who is piss. This was no SRK hating article, it is one which asks him to give credit from the source he took his lines from...now if intelligent stars do that..I can imagine ur intelligence and standards

Nautnankey Kapoor said...

if you have a life...do something useful than supporting a filmstar and abusing people who have all the right to air their views.

Nautnankey Kapoor said...

Dear Author..remember something..most of the big stars have PR Agencies which keep monitoring the web for articles on them.Incase there is something negative they unleash trolls on the blog/opinion piece.I have experienced it first hand and closed down a blog.This is a free country they say,,,yeah for ones who have money :)

Nautnankey Kapoor said...

"what if he copied"..wow..what if he stole..what if he got a bribe..what is he killed...For many it is just copy pasting some lines and not a big deal,but if you are a writer this is akin to someone stealing your child and claiming to be theirs.Unless until you have given anything creative in ur life you wont understand the pain caused by plagiarism..

Prakshid Meshram said...

Why didn't you talk/discuss about the other good points of SRK's speech at AIMA than this? From this it seems you are always in a wait for SRK to do any controversial wrong thing and you will then do a post on that and make it a big issue....Why SRK haters always posted the negative points of his work,whatever he did and never talked about the positive points of his work?... beyond this do some positive work and spread the smile in the world instead wasting your & our time on such small things.

Raajaysh said...

Even if he hadn't copied from JK Rowling, he should still be accused of blatant lies to glorify his achievements. His parent/s could afford to send his sister to Modern School and him to St. Columbus... thats terrible poverty indeed!!

Sethi-San said...

That quote by Roosevelt is quite meaningless. It's shiny, it sounds right but if you think about it, it rings hollow. Who doesnn't discuss people? Are people and ideas not interlinked. Aren't some events much more important than most ideas? It's a pretentious, simplistic form of arrogance. People can be stupid, events can be stupid, ideas can be stupid. What category a topic of conversation belongs to does not determine its worth. As someone on Quora pointed out, Eleanor Roosevelt may have looked pretty in a dress and been the President's wife, but that does not mean everything she says is accurate.

Kent said...

Two points:
1. There is a saying "people see the world not as it is but as they are'. Thus, those who approve of a plagiarized speech are in essence reflecting their own value system, that is cheating, pilfering is in order. Perhaps, they also did not not have a rigorous academic background to have a fuller import of 'plagiarism' and the ethical considerations intertwined with it.
2.Full marks to the blog writer.

ɿɾɐרɐq ɹɯ said...

Now I got to understand that this is indeed a busybody country where every gracious soul concerns her/himself with what every other person says. I don't have any grudges against anybody peeping on what's going on in my personal life. One thing needs to be cleared: that this world is a teeming democracy and everyone has got the right to pinpoint errors in what they see or hear. That being said, it becomes our moral responsibility to give due credit to the originating ideas/sayings when we opportune upon a chance to utilize them. In the largely aryan-mentality India, people hardly bother about the concept of "lifting", be it songs, themes, ideas, creativity and many more originally rendered pieces. SRK has been, and is, lifting his movie lines, speech lines, PR lines, &c blatantly and shamelessly without attributing its origination. As a memoir his dying lines from Baazigar were lifted from a similar enactment in a Bengali stage show "jeevon shomhar" which my friend in Howrah had seen sometime in early 1990. How did SRK know those lines? Or as blatant aryan accusers would have everyone believe that the movie was a hit so the play must have borrowed the lines. A 1990 play borrowing from a 1993 movie! Oh, it's the same as SRK having made a 2008 JKR speech to YPO in 2007‼ As far as known SRK credited JKR then. How come he quotes a renowned author and intellect one year earlier? Because it's Shahrukh Khan, that much of Indians have idolized to the point of worshiping.

On the other side, I applaud Agratha for bringing the facts to light.

gajanan tarde said...

There is nothing like standard in this world.can you tell me what is your articles standard on the scale of new work times article.?? See positive things yar,paisa kamana hai to izzat se ..

Shekhar said...

Even this blog post can get communal...just look at the community of the people defending SRK in general....and we blame Modi for polarisation...my dear muslim friends it was nt about your religion guys

rohit shetty said...

TO THE BLOGGER ENJOY ALL THE POPULARITY U R GETTING BY PRINT MEDIA AND DNT FORGET THE SOURCE YOU GOT IT FROM THE NAME SRK SELLS AND HOW MY TIMES DID YOU QUOTE OLD IS GOLD LINE AS SAID IT WAS QUOTED BY XYZ PERSON OR ANY HINDHI DIALOUGE AND SAID DAILOUGE WRITER NAME

rohit shetty said...

OK this is for all morons and idiots who didnt saw video here it is he clearly mentions it is a Recylced speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Mhqdor61zRE

abhishek leela pandey said...
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abhishek leela pandey said...

This very common practice has become a national concern because SRK did it. All the people do it. Copying some lines from somewhere is normal and if someone already puts a disclaimer that the speech is recycled, then there should be no fuss about it. After all, SRK remained authentic to his role of a motivator in AIMA. The original lines are not by Rowling but from a management book. Appreciate him!!

SRK is highly intelligent and qualified and you know that already. Well, I appreciate your explorations but it is bit stretched. Well, this is how it goes... Keep writing and keep rocking...

And yes contact me to get some more information on inspired (read plagiarized) content...

Santosh Kumar said...

The writer says she is not a srk hater, she just hates him for not giving due credit to JK Rowling for the speech's content. I doubt that. You've got be sure that JK Rowling didn't do it either. Also Mr SRK usually credits the content's origins. Nice article, i wouldn't have even known about this 10% copy paste thing he has done. But seriously the writer has scrutinised him for what i think is not a big deal.

Thanks

shitikanth said...

"Okay, so a lot of you clearly aren't getting my main aim of this post.
I don't hate SRK and this was not written to insult him." I don't see why you feel the need to defend yourself so much on this issue. What SRK did here was deplorable (and kinda stupid). If he did this on a school essay, he would face serious academic action, the least of which being failing the course.


aparajita puri said...

This is a classic case of people obsessing over what he says and does and their incessant need to find loopholes.
Read both the speeches, you'll find a similar message but a very different context - a personal context for both of them.
Practically, I don't think he needs to resort to plagiarizing a speech. He has enough and many around him to afford a perfectly manufactured script. (Reason to those detractors who believe he can't do so for himself)
Its an inspiring speech, as is JKR's. Lets not trivialize either just because we have the mind and time in life to come up with half baked arguments.
To all those who care enough, go hear both the speeches and decide for yourself. Screenshots say but that much.

actuallyawesome said...

Somebody will be fired today; of course, SRK's ghost-writer. Although, it is sad. Bollywood has lost its originality and so do the actors with their acting. And now this! Creativity and imagination are long dead.

silent_rebel said...

Forget him. Listen to Rahul Dravid. he works on his speeches himself.

100r@b sharma said...

http://theshailja.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/shah-rukh-khans-aima-ypo-million-other-speeches/

read this baby, will answer ur queston... sick of u people.. haters...

Ankush Saxena said...
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Ankush Saxena said...

Couldn't help but notice all the idiotic brickbats. Seriously, the stupidity and irrationality of these so-called "fans" makes me laugh. Being a fan does not mean that you start putting up stupid excuses or try to divert from the topic just to defend the celebrity you love. If you're a real fan, you accept the bad with the good and move on! Seriously, are you so insecure about the object of your affection that you start attacking anyone who points out FACTUAL EVIDENCE against them, leave alone opposing views!

Hell, ALL of these "fans" know that what he did isn't morally right. That's why they put up stupid, irrelevant points like - "Oh, he did it with good intentions, to benefit the students", "Why don't you talk about the other good things that he said/did?", "So what, nobody cares" (Wait, you cared enough to leave a reply on something that you say no one cares about).

While some even get downright personal with things like - "Oh, you are a hater/attention seeker and have so much time on your hands, do something constructive.". Yeah, right. As if those who are posting attacking comments know anything about doing constructive work.

Oh and just to let all you SRK defenders and troll know, the POINT of this post was only that he should have left a mention to JKR/James Galbraith in his speech. THAT'S IT! Whatever his intentions were is irrelevant. Whoever he lifted his speech from is irrelevant. AS LONG AS THERE WAS A CREDIT TO THE CREATOR. This is only morally and ethically correct, which you would know if you've ever done a scrap of original work in your life. Oh and now some fans say that he clearly said that this is a recycled speech. What they conveniently fail to mention is that SRK is saying that this is his own speech which he uses time and again. Saying that "This is a recycled speech" does not convey that he is using a variety of uncredited sources to create a speech.

Try to imagine how YOU would feel if you managed to churn out something good, only to see someone else taking the credit for it, without mentioning you EVEN ONCE. Happens all the time in normal life, doesn't it? Don't you care when it happens to you? Do you just let it go? Do YOU care whether the intentions of your plagiarist were good? NO! So why are you being hypocrites in picking a different yardstick for yourself and a different yardstick for SRK?

Shah Rukh Khan has achieved a lot which deserves praise and he is super-successful. Those are facts which will remain facts, whether a million or zero people shout about it. However, he's still human and he can make mistakes. That's also a fact. Instead of making excuses about them and attacking people who point them out, try to accept them and hope that he doesn't repeat them. Your actions just reveal your insecurity and an absence of depth in your adulation for SRK.

Of course, there will be hate comments on this comment, but for a second, just try to read this with a clear head and you'll get what I'm trying to say.

I'm out.

Bk said...

Agratha, Good post and hats of keeping it here in spite of the comments. Having studied both in India and abroad I personally feel our education systems lacks in creating awareness regarding plagiarism or highlighting the importance of citing sources.

For readers who categories the writer as a SRK hater a humble request read the post forgetting it is SRK, it could have been anyone in his place. May be he made a mistake, may be he did not realized but in any case the message that Agratha is trying to convey remains true.

Kanika Mehta said...

sending u a virtual hug from a fellow potterhead, plagiarism needs to be addressed in India like yesterday!

Abhay Singh said...

Haters gonna hate.

Lambad Bains said...

+rohit shetty I think you are referring to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Mhqdor61zRE#t=4342 where Shahrukh says it is "his" recycled (+rohit shetty please note no capitals and still emphasis can be made!) speech and never credits anyone else for any part of the speech. In fact he indicates that he is likely to use the same speech at other places as well which indicates how much AIMA would be involved in creating the speech.

Therefore if you want to talk like logical human beings what the blogger has pointed out is correct that here is a person who is looked up to by much of India's population but he can and may in the future, blatantly go and say something and take credit for it even though someone else might have said it and try to pass it has his own by not giving credit to the other person. The fact that he gave this speech at an AIMA event says a lot about AIMA.

I would like to add that I respect Shahrukh for what he has achieved but incidents like these just make me wary and take everything he says with a pinch of salt. That is all.

r4nj33t said...

Thank you for surfacing the reality behind speeches made by actors. Before i too believed in emotions carried by those words. You are a brave girl and i congratulate you for your keen observation.

Transpirit said...

Lol!! And We thought they only copied scripts in bollywood! :P :P

-The Sensitive one- said...

For someone who claims to be a "Die Hard" Rowling fan, you are too dumb to realize the fact that Rowling had lifted off her speech from management books too. James Galbraith is your source. Did Rowling credit him in any of her speech you claim was plagiarized? No? Did you feel offended when she never credited him? No? Hmm Guessed as much because you have too much Harry Potter on your mind to ever read any of those management books which are nothing but recycled words from an older author, the identity of whom you may never be able to trace. But i guess your "Stealing from Rowling" part is very apt because you never knew she herself "Stole"(by your definition) those lines from other sources in the first place.

Zero degree said...

Agratha Dinakaran is right…i can say King Khan & of course his CDS are lame…a paan walla can also inspire you to become great or perform great deeds, so is the case with a rickshawalla or a sabziwalla…do we ever take out time to listen to them…i bet a lot of them have inspiring stories to tell (and I am sure they will at least be original and not quote, unquote people without even acknowledging those great people’s existence)…but it is not about them…it is about Shahrukh Khan…he is a big personality and we will probably buy tickets to listen to his inspiring tales… and all King Khan has to offer us are lines lifted from here, there and everywhere? Don’t we feel cheated as fans on that? We have respect for him for what he is – a great actor and a marvellous human being…but will he ever come to my house if i invite him for dinner…my paanwalla will… So if someone (she) pointed out that he forgot to credit some other great personality in his speech…was she wrong?…as for the rerun of the old speeches…a great personality like Shahrukh should have given due credit…he was not talking to friends over a drink…he was delivering his speech to ‘smart’ ‘educated’ people…it was not a general conversation…and for god sake the educated people know when you are casually, ‘jokingly’ or officially crediting someone and when are you selling the someone else’s thoughts as your own.If Shah Rukh wouldn’t have had problems with the heavy word, he wouldn’t have even bothered to mention JKR’s name at all? JKR I m sure has officially credited FAMOUS LINES FROM A MANAGEMENT BOOK BY JAMES GALBRAITH. I think the Miss CDS is looking for 15 mins of fame and its now her turn to do her research well before pointing fingers at ‘bloggers.

HAPPY GARG said...

http://theshailja.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/shah-rukh-khans-aima-ypo-million-other-speeches/

You are eating your own words now dear...its high time you apologize for your ignorance!!!

kunal said...

And why didn't u researched on j.k.rowling's speech as many of those famous quotes have been taken from a management book by mr. James galbraith. Does that mean she also liberally lifted them up ?
*sigh* and then u will say i didnt write this blog to criticize or downcast a popular star.
Grow up mate !

abhishek leela pandey said...

an answer to agratha dinakaran

http://abhishekleelapandey.blogspot.in/

Shailendra Chaudhary said...

If you watch SRK's 2012 Yale speech at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0OaOnT8res the plagiarism becomes not only obvious but it leaves you wondering how it was not noticed by Yale university students then and there and for so long till now. There were 1700 students in the audience and another close to 323K hits on Youtube. Cannot believe none of them got reminded of JKR's speech which has a total of more than 1.5 million hits on Youtube.

If you watch SRK's speech video then at 34 minute mark you will notice that Master Jeffrey Brenzel, Dean of Admissions at Yale and Master of Timothy Dwight College, offers admission to SRK at Yale. It is noteworthy that SRK was awarded the Chubb Fellowship by Timothy Dwight College at Yale and this speech at Yale was in his capacity as the Chubb fellow.

Now I draw readers' attention to Yale's policy on plagiarism: http://writing.yalecollege.yale.edu/example-plagiarism-warning-might-appear-syllabus.

I suspect Master Jeffrey Brenzel is not yet aware of this blatant plagiarism. If brought to his notice he will likely have a rethink about his offer of admission to SRK and may well initiate steps to strip him of the Chubb Fellowship for the year 2011-12.

And for some fanatical followers of SRK impugning motives to Agaratha Dinakaran in writing this post I have only one thing to say: respond to her post but don't shoot the messenger. It won't kill the message anyways.

The fact that SRK repeated the offence after a year speaks of his audaciousness and arrogance which is fed by this kind of fanatical following. But the carefully crafted false image of humility, honesty and integrity could not pass the test of time. It reminds me of another character in the news lately for very wrong reasons, Asaram Bapu, whose fanatical followers have no qualms about defending him in the face of accusations of sexual assault by one of their own fellow followers. These fanatical followers actually contribute to the fall from grace of their reverend by giving them this false sense of impregnability and leading them into causing all kinds of excesses.

Nithya said...

Well said. I think, most people who indulge in slander are almost always looking to get some publicity. SRK is a star and even if you say bad things about him, people are bound to pay interest. But, sadly, after they come to know that you are just being nasty so that you can shine in some borrowed glory of the star, they go away, never to return. In fact Agratha must gloat, she has succeeded in getting a lot of publicity and probably would have forced people to visit her blog! Good strategy. Claps. Next time, research well before throwing BS at people like SRK. It will land on your face.

moviemaniac said...

http://theshailja.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/shah-rukh-khans-aima-ypo-million-other-speeches/

Karthik said...
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SEL said...

U @xyz editor/Writer/Thing whatsoever you are. a very Cheap publicity made by you for your Blog. Get your facts correct. And before you highly recommend JK speech I as a neutral man Higly recommend you to go through full speech of SRK. He did mention JK's name and also stated that its a recycled speech. Do your homework first.

For the first time i m on this unknown Blog but will be for next few days to check whether you keep this comment on the page or you delete. Delete the comment if you are a Hater of SRK and wrote in hatred of him.

Sagar Vadodaria said...

You all stupid ppl, who cares what SRK does or JKR does.. mind your life and do something out of it... stop wasting time in all this and grow up..

Rajesh Joshi said...

SRk fanatics and fundamentalists (mostly Muslims and women who hate women) have rushed to SRK's defence.

SalWoman Khan implies the writer is a kuttha (dog). She is a woman who doesn't hesitate to call a fellow woman a bitch just for voicing a valid opinion.
Salwoman's youtube channel indicates she is muslim SRK fanatic, her interests are plugging the muslim activist film 'Shahid', showing issues with aamir khan's 3 idiots. No interests facing muslim women though.

Kashif Ansari wonders why SRK is not being given credit. Like the author said he stole lines verbatim from another author.
But Ansasri asks this question because it is SRK. If it was anyone else, will he still be wonder about 'Indians not being given credit'.

Riz still feels speech was great anyway.

V Sanam has issues with the author challeging SRK's plagiary.

Devil wears Priya - presumably a woman goes so far as to say 'Screw JK Rowling'. When she is being screwed against a will by a muslim, maybe it will rebalance her mind.

P Meshram - defends SRK by saying we should ignore his theft - but focus on the 'good parts on the speech'.

A leela pandey is concerned about SRK's welfare. As per him, the author can only voice her opinion if it is positive about SRK.

Nithya - a woman is busy defending SRK against a fellow woman blogger who voiced her opinion.



All I can tell the author is, thank you. You would have expected backlash. Your still were fearless and voiced your opinion.

For exposing plaigarism which is another form of corruption all symptomatic of the indian mentality - hero worship & sab kuch chalta hai attitude.

For standing your ground. (But please stop apologising or clarifying yourself to these nuts).

MOVIE said...

This is sad. SRK had clearly mentioned that it was similar to his earlier speech delivery at Yale in which he had given due credit to JK Rowling. There is no question of plagiarism here. He had said it is recycled one. May be some parts are lifted not the whole speech.
just listen to whole speech what he said, he as superb. Listen form start to bottom do not concentrate on only some areas. His wit and humor was bang on. Awesome....!

Friendly Virgo said...

Seriously...>!!!! Ur fanatical love for the non actor SRK should have some bounds...the jackass SRK lifts off the speech from JKR in the illusion that since no one has caught it while speaking at Yale, then how will someone notice it now....!!! and there are idiots like you and SEL who defending a thief and abusing someone for speaking the truth...!!

Go jump off a cliff..and take SRK with u...

sibi said...

Please see my article on the 'Art' of outsourcing speeches by dignitaries.http://sibi-cyberdiary.blogspot.in/2012/08/speeches-by-dignitaries-and-art-of.html

Sajan said...

good research Agratha.. I wonder what happened to SRK's speechwriter.. must be on the run

Neo Prady said...

I think now he will scold his script writer for this blunder copy paste job. Also I dont think he even knew that he was speaking lines of Rowling. Else he wud nt have chosen to use it. He knows his addressing will be monitored and telecasted. It happens yaar.

Raj said...

i was hoping, you had apologise by now.
your blog is a shame and you behaved like that venky of firstpost.com who wrote criticized srk's article in US mag without even reading that.

Seshadri Kumar said...

Agratha, thanks for exposing Mr. Khan's plagiarism. Indians need to get more sensitized to the idea of plagiarism - that essentially, plagiarism is just stealing. People will understand if it happens to them - an idea they may have thought of being stolen by someone else and paraded off as his/her idea. Mr. Khan, as a well-educated person, should have known better. His being a superstar doesn't excuse him from what is applicable to anyone - on the contrary, it enjoins him to behave with a higher level of character than most people - to behave as a role model. And he has failed that.

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SHUBHA said...

Good Work!

Rajesh Joshi said...

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/did-shah-rukh-khan-plagiarise-jk-rowlings-speech/426674-8-66.html

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