Some call it the end of an era while others refer to it as a irreparable loss to music - Bollywood is deeply saddened by the demise of king of pop, Michael Jackson and say that there can only be one.
The 50-year-old died Thursday in the US following a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. He was famous for not only his cult music but also for his iconic dance steps, including the 'Moonwalk'.
Members of the Hindi filmdom spoke to IANS about the legend:
Anurag Basu: This is actually the end of an era. Our whole generation has grown up listening to his songs. This news is actually very sad and shocking.
Shankar Mahadevan: He made us think differently with his hit "Thriller". He was an institution of modern music, which had great mass appeal with musical excellence. "Heal the world" is my favourite song.
Sukhwinder Singh: It's a huge loss for the music industry. People remember him only as king of pop, but his grip on the music was too wide to be restricted to one genre.
Sunidhi Chauhan: He was the one and only. My favourite song of his was "I just cant stop loving you".
Palash Sen: I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson. The man gave modern pop its identity and gave all of us lessons in music... not to mention the uniqueness of his vocals and his unbelievable dancing moves. He truly was the god of pop. Maybe the only singer in history who everyone knows across the globe. Sad loss.
Dibakar Banerjee: I would like to remember him for his music and his two songs "Billie Jean" and "Thriller".
Akriti Kakkar: He was and will remain the king of the music, an icon to aspiring singers for the way he carved a niche for himself by fighting the odds and creating a new genre of music which we shall remember forever as Michael Jackson's music. His demise is a big loss.
Subhash Ghai: Michael Jackson was a symbol of fire, passion and energy of talent who changed the peopl'e thinking. Youth followed him worldwide including in India and even our film music and dances have been heavily influenced by him.
Madhur Bhandarkar: We have been listening to his songs since 1980s and 1990s. The kind of euphoria that he created that time was amazing. His death is a great loss. It is so unfortunate that just weeks before he was supposed to hit the stage for his shows, he passed away. But he will always remain the king of music.