Festivals, Cultural and City Events

Edinburgh stage for Bollywood star

The Festivals Office hosted a visit by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday 15 October.

Shah Rukh Khan

The actor, one of Bollywood’s most popular stars, gave a public lecture at the University's New College.

Tickets for the event were available on Eventbrite:

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most influential actors in the world, having appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films.

He has received 14 Filmfare Awards, honouring excellence in the Hindi language film industry and has more than 15 million Twitter followers.

He was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2005.

Lecture Video

Dr Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood actor, delivers his public lecture titled Life Lessons.

Shah Rukh Khan lecture on youtube

Edinburgh and India

William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India - An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India.

Edinburgh’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

The University of Edinburgh’s India Institute and its India Liaison Office in Mumbai seek to extend the University’s relationship with India by encouraging research collaborations and academic exchanges.

The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to welcome one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema.

Professor Charlie JefferyUniversity of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal

Related Links

The India Office

India Institute