Members of India's film and music industry on Friday came forward to pay tributes to Michael Jackson and said it will be difficult to fill the void created by the death of the pop icon who was a source of inspiration to millions.
Bollywood's 'disco dancer' Mithun Chakraborty told PTI of the 50-year-old legend who "moonwalked" to the heart of millions of fans across the globe, "I am definitely saddened by the news. He might be physically gone but he will always remain in the hearts of millions of fans through his music.
"You can guess the depth of my feeling about him going by the fact that I named my son after him. (Mithun's son is named Mimoh after the first names of Jackson and legendary boxer Mohammad Ali). He was my inspiration and I idolised him. I was looking forward to his comeback concert in London."
Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan revered the star as her guru. "I officially had no training in dance and whatever I learnt was from watching Michael Jackson videos, especially 'Thriller' over and over again. I consider him as my guru. "I got the news in Los Angeles where I came to meet Shah Rukh (who is shooting for Karan Johar's 'My Name Is Khan'). It has not sunk in yet. It is still to sink in that he is no more," said Farah.
Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh termed Jackson's death as a big loss to the music industry.