Twenty-eight years is a long wait to receive a bachelor’s degree. But that didn’t dampen the audience who had come to show their support for this graduate. On Tuesday evening actor Shah Rukh Khan collected his degree from Rama Sharma, Principal, at Hansraj College. An alumnus of the 1985-1988 batch of BA Economics, he was in the city for the launch of the anthem of his upcoming Yash Raj film Fan, Khan. Students from Hansraj College and neighbouring colleges of Delhi University roared their approval, as they reached out to get closer to the stage.
“This is a very special moment for me. I am back to my college after so many years. There is only one thing that I am missing. My children are not with me today as I wanted to show them every corner of my college. For me, this is the most special moment in my life because whatever I know and have learnt in my life is because of the college. Though my school was beautiful but my college taught me how to be who I became,” said Khan. Sharma was quick to add, “We are very happy and proud to bestow him with the degree after so many years. We had kept his degree safely in our college.” The actor also signed the register after taking the DU graduate degree. The Dilwale star had arrived with Fan’s director Maneesh Sharma.
Khan’s advise to the current batch was: “These are the best years of your life. The happiness that you will get in the college, in the grounds, classrooms and the Lovers’ Point, will not be found anywhere else.”
Later in the day, Khan also held a media conference at PVR Priya Cinemas, to promote Fan. On being asked whom he was a fan of, Khan said, “There were two-three people I grew up really loving. There was no internet back then to be able to read up or collect a picture. I loved stories about Milkha Singh and on him being a champion. The second was Muhammad Ali since I was into sports and so I always liked him being little brash and bratty, yet being so good at his sport. I was one of those who grew up being Amitabh Bachchan’s fans. Because I was into sports, I was a fan of Sunil Gavaskar and Olympian Bruce Jenner, who has become Caitlyn Jenner,” he said.
Khan also stressed on the impact films and celebrities have on their fans in many ways but he hopes the influence is more positive than negative. As he narrated the story of a girl from Germany who wasn’t able to walk, but after having her wish of meeting him fulfilled, she went on to marry and have a child. “Celebrities can have an amazing effect on fans. I have 50 to 100 such incidents of positive impact which I don’t talk about because these are personal incidents. It is strange how close we get to people and how our work influences them in a ways we can ever imagine,” said Khan.