Michael Jackson visited India in 1996 for a concert in Mumbai and met several dignitaries
Anupam Kher with Michael Jackson
King of Pop Michael Jackson had fans across the world, such was the impact of his music. The singer is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Days after his 65th birth anniversary, actor Anupam Kher took to his social media handle to share a picture with Jackson from 1996 and also recalled the story behind the picture.
Anupam Kher shared a picture on his Instagram feed where he is seen shaking Michael Jackson's hand. Michael is seen in his iconic red jacket and black hat while Anupam Kher was seen having his fan moment. The actor also took the caption and revealed the real story behind the picture.
"Story Of This Pic: In 1996 the great #MichaelJackson performed in Mumbai. It was magical. Next evening around 25 chosen guests were invited to have an exclusive half an hour interaction with the #KingOfPop at Hotel Oberoi terrace gardens. I was over the moon at the mere thought of meeting one of the greatest performers of our times at such close quarters. I was there one hour before the scheduled meeting. So were the other 24 important people of Mumbai! There was a small platform erected as a kind of temporary stage. We were waiting- breathlessly," he wrote.
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"He finally arrived surrounded by his personal bodyguards. Tall & Tough! We were silent and in pure awe. Separated from him by a make shift barricade. He was smiling and we were staring. I thought this is a historical moment in my life. I can’t just stand there. I must at least shake his hands if not hug him. So I broke the barricade. Jumped on the tiny stage. Realising that I had invaded the stage unannounced and not knowing who I was Michael’s bodyguards were about to pounce on me and throw me away. Seeing what could have happened, the show’s promoter #BharatBhaiShah in complete panic screamed loudly, “Don’t!!! He is the BIGGEST SUPERHERO OF THE COUNTRY!” Bodyguards stopped! #MJ held my hand softly. Acknowledged me respectfully. At exact that moment somebody clicked the pic. And history got created. For ME! All other guests just stood there. FROZEN!! #KuchBhiHoSaktaHai," he added.