The late King of Pop Michael Jackson may not be among his followers in corporeal form but through their tributes and interpretation of MJ's dance and music style, fans have kept him alive.
MJ's style of dance has taken many faces and forms by its worshippers. His iconic moves and songs have been redefined to create astounding performances. It's safe to say that though many came close, none as Thrilling as the Dangerous one himself. Here's a look at those who have taken up the Herculean task of stepping into MJ's dancing shoes.
Actor Hrithik Roshan has grooved a la MJ style for the title track of the forthcoming film Bang Bang. The makers shared a teaser of the song which sows Hrithik striking MJ's signature poses. Being the flawless dancer he is, we know Hrithik will live up to MJ's much imitated style.
Any Body Can Dance but not everybody can dance like Prabhu Deva. The actor-choreographer and filmmaker is often been seen as India's own MJ. Prabhu Deva's dance moves and style (especially the hip thrust) has replicated MJ's as closely as anyone possibly could. It is however his 'moonwalk' and 'Billie Jean' reinterpretation we like best. The most recent example of which is Go Govinda in Oh My God.
Heropanti actor Tiger Shroff paid tribute to Michael Jackson on his birth anniversary this year by grooving to his number Whistle Baja in MJ's signature moves. The actor received flak for using his song instead of a MJ song medley, however we can't fault his dance style.
Actor Shahid Kapoor too paid tribute to Michael Jackson at an award show in 2010. Shahid, who did not rework his own style, copied MJ's moves in the respective songs. Nonetheless, Shahid was phenomenal in his attempt to evoke the MJ nostalgia.
Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh
If MJ were King of Pop and Bhangra, this is what would have happened.
Britain's Got Talent contestants Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh gave a funky touch to MJ's dance style by adding a dash of British Bhangra. The duo have a dance group called 'Signature' which combines MJ's lyrics and dance moves with Bhangra style music and dancing in a comic double act.
Yet another troupe which has based its style of dance around MJ is 'MJ 5'. The Delhi-group won last year's season of dance reality show India's Dancing Superstars. This group of five have an interesting take on MJ's style and often mix and match the best of Indian pop style to MJ's signature moves.
Ohio March Band
Ever seen MJ 'moonwalk' across the field? Take a look.
For the star whose art enjoys larger than life status, this was indeed a befitting tribute. Ohio State University's marching band sent a giant Michael Jackson moonwalking across the field to enormous applause from the crowd.
While most MJ-ites have used his moves and songs in their tributes, Bharatnatyam dancer Archana has a different story to tell. This dancer has emoted the lyrics of MJ's songs like Thriller, Dangerous, They Don't Care about Us, Black or White among others and fused them with traditional dance moves.
Earlier this year, singer Usher delivered a startling performance paying tribute to Michael in the song Love Never Felt So Good, part of MJ's posthumously released album XSCAPE. Usher, with help from a host of dancers, recreated the magic of the pop star's words.
Television actor Rithvik Dhanjani has also been among those who has tried to prove himself MJ-worthy. And he passed with flying colors. In the last season of dance reality show Nach Baliye, the actor danced the MJ way with his fiancée Asha Negi who challenged MJ's signature moves with her Lavani style.