It won’t be wrong to call Shah Rukh Khan the most learned and well read superstar of Indian cinema. His wit, humour and intelligence is the reason he is being asked to speak at various colleges around the world. His recent stint at TED Talks is the proof of that. But did you know there was a time when Shah Rukh Khan too was not a very bright student when it comes to his marks in school. According to a report by mid-day, a student run online portal of Delhi University leaked his admission form of Hans Raj College where his class 10 marks are highlighted. Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan had just scored 51 in English in 10th board exams.
In fact the admin of Delhi University online portal, Milhaj Hussain, has confirmed the authenticity of the form. A student had posted, “We shared it online to showcase that marks don’t matter if you are hardworking enough and know your aim in life. And, who can be a better person to set an example than Shah Rukh Khan? Through our portal we encourage students. Also, celebrity posts attract a lot of traffic and students tend to talk about them more. When it’s the King of Bollywood, traffic is must.”
Shah Rukh’s indeed a success story and he is an inspiration to all. According to HT Cafe, several students have reacted to this and are using Mayank Aggarwal, a third year student of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College said, “I got better marks than Shah Rukh and still could not crack a college in North Campus. With marks like him, it is now difficult to get admission in any college of Delhi University. What has changed in all these years if the courses and colleges are the same?”
Similarly Viraj Shokeen, a second year student of Hans Raj College said, “If marks actually don’t matter, why does the system of cut-offs exist? A direct interview with the panel should be the entry criteria . Ab itne marks main Hans Raj kya, Aurobindo college bhi nahi milega. (With these marks, one would not be able to crack Aurobindo College, let alone Hans Raj in today’s time. ”
Rishab Suri, a third year student of Kirori Mal College, said, “Marks don’t define anyone. After a point, it is about how you present yourself. One can score a 95 in English and still not able to speak fluently! Coming to SRK, he just delivered the most amazing TED talk in Vancouver. Try beating that!”
However, Hans Raj College principal, Dr Rama, said, “Sharing an admission form is not illegal but making fun of his marks is not right. Students should understand that the scenario was different back then. The marking scheme and checking was different and difficult back then. I feel proud that Shah Rukh is from my college and marks don’t matter, it is the overall development that matters.”