"Success stories are so boring", said Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, who was here donning the quiz-master's hat and grilling management students at a quiz show.
Shah Rukh came, saw and conquered young students not with words of wisdom on success stories but talking about failure delivering pragmatic lessons.
"Success is never final and failure can never be fatal," said King Khan, giving some lessons of life at a business quiz show where he danced, cracked jokes, narrated anecdotes, threw some witty one-liners and quizzed management students.
"It is very boring to listen to success stories," said the superstar, who rose to stardom from starting off as television actor, at the show organised by business school Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and 4Ps, a marketing magazine, last night.
"The strange thing about success is it cannot teach you anything," he said adding that despite being successful, he could ever teach his son and daughter how to achieve success in life. "I cannot pass them wisdom on success," he said.
His own parents who were from a middle class family, could not impart any lessons on success to him, he said, as he shared his memories with Bangalore, where his maternal grandparents stayed and where he practically spent his first five years of his life.
"Fear of failure will make you pragmatic, failure takes away fatalism and makes you discern between your true friends and fair feathered ones," he said.
Moreover, sometimes success lies greatly in failing, Shah Rukh said, recalling his famous dialogue from his hit film "Bazigaar" with a Bangalorean twist.
"Haar ke Jeetne wale ko Bengulurean kehete hai," he said winning a huge round of applause from his die-hard fans who stood on chairs, waved incessantly, and screamed words of adoration.
The 44-year-old star, who said he had never dabbled in management classes, gave the audience some amazing lessons though on the subject.
"Life is not a collection of gold medals, silver medals...Life is a lot more complicated than that," Shah Rukh said.
"Failure teaches you everything," he said while describing it as an "amazing teacher" which taught him a lot. "I was scared of being poor. I dont like to be poor and this fear makes me work hard," one of the country's highest paid actors, said.
It was not just his lessons on life and management that wooed the audience, but his take on Karnataka that had the audience demand an encore. "I love you Ka Ka Ka Karnataka," he said hamming his way into the hearts of audience.
Clad in a black suit and donning his spectacles he took on the six teams and 12 participants drawn from different parts of the country and the world, as he grilled them on car brands, sport brands, websites and current affairs.
Adding fun element to the serious business show, he delivered some punch lines and gave some quick repartees when a male contestant said he wished to give him a peck on his cheeks on behalf of his wife back home.
But what floored his audience was when he went down on his knees urging a rather disciplinarian mother to let her teenage daughter watch his forthcoming film 'My Name Is Khan'.