Ever since his fans found out that Shahrukh Khan scored 51 (out of 100) in his class 12 examinations, they’ve been trolling him. A portal called Delhi University Times posted SRK’s application form for the course of BA Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi. In the form, SRK lists his class 12 exam scores.
The post was shared on DU Times’ Facebook page, where it has received a lot of comments. The portal’s admin, Minhaj Hussain, confirmed that the image was authentic, and told the Hindustan Times, “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.”
But for SRK’s fans, this has become a big point of discussion. While most have trolled SRK’s poor score in English, some commented on the need for high cut-off percentages for college admissions, saying the system needed to change. Others have said that these marks mean nothing as long as one focuses on their goals.
Hindustan Times quotes a student, Mayank Aggarwal, who 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?”
Another student 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.” However, some believe this proves that their English is better than SRK’s, although it was SRK who was invited to give a TED talk.
Meanwhile, Principal of Hans Raj College, 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.”