Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is currently hosting the second season of "TED Talks India Nayi Baat", is inspired by author-filmmaker Tahira Kashyap. Tahira, who is married to actor Ayushmann Khurrana, has battled and triumphed over breast cancer. Invited to "Ted Talks", she spoke about the ailment and how it continues to be a taboo in India.
On September 22 last year, Tahira shared online that she had been detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in her right breast with a high-grade malignant cells. In the episode, Tahira opened up on how being diagnosed with breast cancer was one of the hardest things in her life. However, she felt it was of utmost importance to spread awareness and inspire someone by sharing pain.
After listening to Tahira, Shah Rukh praised her saying: "I lost both my parents to cancer. I do not like to show off my problems but Tahira made me realise that it is okay to share. I feel it is necessary to remove the taboo that we need to hide our problems. Instead, come together with your family and figure out a solution."
Tahira feels it's a "privilege to share this important platform with such amazing trailblazers, and to be able to share my story has been a wonderful experience".
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How much happiness you bring to people’s lives sir! @iamsrk My father is beaming like Santa! I don’t know if that happiness comes from being there and see his daughter talk on #tedtalksindianayisoch or is it by shaking your hand and being next to you. Why do I feel it’s the latter🤔 #srk #tedtalks #fanmoment and I am coming this Sunday!!😃 9:30 on @starplus @starworldindia @natgeo @ted yayyy!!
She added: "The only reason of coming out is to give the message that early breast cancer detection should be on top of everyone's minds. Nobody should ignore the symptoms. The idea is not to instill fear but to encourage people to be mindful. This alone can change the mortality rate in India and the world. I am grateful to 'Ted Talks' for giving me this opportunity."
Tahira later shared pictures from the talk and wrote, “Super stoked to be on the stage of #TEDTalksIndiaNayiBaat, Tonight at 9.30pm on @starplus @hotstartweets @NatGeoIndia @starworldindia @TEDTalks @iamsrk The last picture in this series is for keeps! ( also I am giving a tough competition to his lustrous hair)”
Super stoked to be on the stage of #TEDTalksIndiaNayiBaat, Tonight at 9.30pm on @starplus@hotstartweets @NatGeoIndia @starworldindia @TEDTalks @iamsrk— Tahira Kashyap Khurrana (@tahira_k) November 10, 2019
The last picture in this series is for keeps! ( also I am giving a tough competition to his lustrous hair😬) pic.twitter.com/HOKB6Olqnr
To which, SRK was quick to respond and said, “Everything is good! But Baat Baal tak pahunch jai toh mein personally leta hoon....Bala ki Biwi kahin ki!!! Love you.”
Everything is good! But Baat Baal tak pahunch jai toh mein personally leta hoon....Bala ki Biwi kahin ki!!! Love you. https://t.co/5giKyzlUbg— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 10, 2019
Even Ayushmann reacted and wrote, “This banter though. Sigh. #SRkian.”