By Joginder Tuteja
Michael Jackson's magic was such that every film maker from
present or a generation earlier was inspired by his work. While
making films, they have at least once been inspired by the genius'
work and incorporated a move or two of his in their songs.
They come together to mourn the loss the King who has left a
vast repertoire of work behind him that would be remembered
Madhur Bhandarkar - When he was alive, media hounded
him day in and night out and didn't allow him peace. There were
issues being raised all over and his life was miserable. Today,
we all are collectively praying for his soul to rest in peace.
Isn't that ironical? We have grown on his music. Who can forget
his contribution over such a long period of time? He has truly
been an iconic figure.
Sujoy Ghosh - In the 80s, I have actually seen normal
people on the streets trying to moon walk. Now in 2009, I have
a 'moon walk' in my film. Post Presley, Michael Jackson was
and is the only icon.
Vivek Agnihotri - For my generation, we haven't warmed
up to anyone else but Jackson who moon walked. No one influenced
us more than him. I have been to his concert and I must admit,
I have never experienced anything more ecstatic than that. Nothing
and no one can beat it. A phenomenon ended on 25th June.
Milan Luthria - Legend and tragedy often go hand in hand.
Kunal Shivdasani - Michael Jackson is a legend and legends
are never 'no more'. They are for eternity and anyone who thinks
otherwise can just BEAT IT!
Raksha Mistry - We lost one of the most original icons
of this century. He was truly one of the pioneers for blacks
in the music industry.
Sangeeth Sivan - Michael Jackson's demise means the end
of an ultimate performer!
Louis Wilson - Michael Jackson - The guy who recorded
songs on hearts and not on tapes!
Anurag Basu - People of my generation have grown up on
his music. Who can forget 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller' and so many
other blockbusters that he gave? In fact I remember how around
a year back, in October 2008, he happened to come to the place
where we were shooting for 'Kites' in USA.
He was there for some work of his own but when he got to know
that a film from India was being shot there, he became curious.
Hrithik and he also chatted for a while there was a mini mayhem
as my crew went berserk with his presence. Such is the power
of the man!
Suparn Verma - The King is dead. Long live the King.
My generation has grown up to the music of the genius. He was
a true showman. I was lucky enough to watch him perform LIVE
in concert. It was such a spectacle whose memory I will take
to my grave. He had mastered his craft and his genius will live
on for decades through his work. Michael, thank you for the
Vivek Sharma - He was the real immortal King of music.
He taught us entertainment in the form of stage shows and videos.
He will always exist in us. I saw his show in Mumbai and I am
proud of the fact that I stood in queue for him for five hours!
He will always remain our hearts forever!
Anubhav Sinha - It's a gamut of such varied emotions
that I am feeling right now. Such people never die. They live
on forever. He was a unique form of art that has abruptly ended.
Rohit Jugraj - I was really shocked and pained by Michael
Jackson's sudden death. It felt as if an era has come to an
end. He was a true superstar if there ever was one. May God
bless him! And may God bless this world.