While Michael Jackson has passed into the annals of history, his Indianized version of moon-walk intermixed with the steps of Bhangra still continues to reverberate on the Indian dance floor. Its manifestation was evident in the dance item put up by Govinda and Ritiesh Deshmukh at the IIFA Award function where Govinda could bring about some charm of an era gone by.
As a matter of fact the career of Govinda has been formed on the edifice of the dance steps of Michael Jackson and it was evident from his first movie ILZAAM where Govinda put on all the nuances of Jackson in his own Indianized way. The only difference was that Govinda was more on the bulkier side so he could not do it as effortlessly as Jackson used to do it, but Govinda was instrumental in giving to the Indian audience, more so that residing in the mofussil country side an exposure to the art of dancing Michael Jackson style. As a matter of fact dancing on the trucks which Govinda had introduced with ILZAAM, a moving stage had its origins from the earlier performances from Michael Jackson.
Such was the charm of dancing on the trucks in the military attire in all its regalia that even the Big B could resist succumbing to its temptation and he also created his own orchestra in TOOFAN the difference again being to counter the agile movements that Michael Jackson was symptomatic about, Big B came out with a disco dandiya that allowed him the luxury of slow serenading without compromising on the razzmatazz of Jackson's aura. The lyrics of the song played tribute to the dancing tribute of Jackson by the words ''Dance dikahoonga aisa, Michael Jackson ke jaisa''' indicative about a latent aspiration to become a dancer like Jackson. It would be probably the only song where the prowess of Jackson has been paid tribute to in a copious manner.
Govinda was so much mesmerized with the dance movements of Michael Jackson that when THRILLER of Michael Jackson became a super hit, he incorporated the same movements with the entire sinister laugh and every other component in HUM the song being ''Bad Man''.
As a matter of fact every actor worth his salt is it male or female had the innate desire to enact Michael Jackson movements on the Indian screen more so the moon walks and even Sunny Deol did the same in CHAALBAAZ with Sri Devi. The redeeming feature of this song was that Sri Devi being an erudite dancer was able to create an aura of moonwalk along with Sunny Deol to a certain extent.
With Jackson now engaging gods with his Black and White magic it would indeed be interesting to find out whether our films would pay a tribute to his magic through the coming releases.