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MJ mania

From sporting a similar hair style to dancing like him, Munna Kaseri lives life like Michael Jackson's. A true tribute any fan can pay to his idol.

OFF THE WALL: Munna Kaseri makes the moves. - Photos: P.V. Sivakumar

`BEAT IT'. Jacko is off the wall. He has landed in our very own Hyderabad and can be seen by shank's pony around the environs.

Doing what? `Moonwalking', of course. With the ever-foreboding silver tinged shades on and tendrils of well-gelled hair slinging carelessly over them, even the king of pop - - Michael Jackson himself, could confuse him as the `Man in the mirror'. And so much like the king, he's bad.

And he says, he is even dangerous. Thankfully, he is no wacko as Jacko is! He is Munna Kaseri - - the 22-year MJ look-alike from Shah-Ali-Banda in the Old City, who eats, drinks and sleeps Jackson.

"Jackson is my god," he proclaims assertively. "My only desire is to dance like him," Kaseri, better known as Indian Jackson, says.

Call him a mimic (there are a ceaseless number throughout the world trying to imitate the pop icon) or dismiss him as a wacky madcap in his efforts to emulate Jackson and celebrate his birthday along with him, but Kaseri outstands as an extremely graceful dancer for all that he is and does.

His claim to fame stands tall when he says that he can dance round-the-clock non-stop for a day. "I have done the feat in Dubai and Qatar in 1993-94 at their annual festivals," he says.

No, he doesn't require any `blood on the dance floor' but the cue can be taken from the fact that he dances solely on MJ numbers.

And just the way, Jackson himself would have danced for the numbers. So much the same, from the passionate pelvic jiggles to the intense toe-standing stunts and many more, the deftness is so flawless that Munna makes the credence in virtual reality become just so innate for his audience.

To master the callisthenics, so typically Jacksonish wasn't so effortless after all. It took a long period of painstaking practise for almost a decade to bring in the flow and the rhythm of Kaseri's body to the tune of the steps of the master dancer.

IDOL CHAT: Almost like the man in the mirror.

"I got interested in Jackson after I watched his video on Thriller in 1983. Perusing it over and over again, I fell in love with him and made up my mind that I had to be somebody like him and so started my struggle to learn the dance," he remembers.

"A friend suggested to me at that time that I was even beginning to look like Jackson which gave me the ultimate push I required to put my heart and soul to learn him," he reveals.

Modestly accepting that Jackson is inimitable, Kaseri goes on to say, "Never has there been another Jackson and never will there be another one ever."

Without any formal training on dance barring the less-than-a-week long stint with celebrated dance master P.A. Salim, from where he picked up the nuances and technicalities, Kaseri has performed in many parts of the country on various occasions and has left many gob smacked with his awesome performance, entrancing his audience to a live Jacko concert which would have almost looked real but for the sheer lack of gizmos and technology. Such is his adulation for his hero, that mention him and he can go on talking about Jackson for days on end.

"I have found out every bit of information about Michael that is humanly possible for a family outsider," he claims, however, acknowledging that MJs dance movements and boogies will always remain an enigma, no matter how much close one gets to imitating him.

And how close did Munna have the chance to get close to his hero. "Oh, the nearest I could get to him during his India visit in the year 1995 was 20 feet. But to see him in flesh and blood was heaven. I couldn't have asked for anything more," he retorts with his eyes gleaming in excitement.

Having fulfilled that, the next immediate desire remains to give a performance to the Queen of England and distribute all the proceeds (if at all, any) collected from the show amongst the under-privileged children in the streets of the city.

Not only do they share the same interest in dance or jazzy dresses, the hairstyle and looks being just the same, what transpires is that even their intentions sound so akin!Munna Kaseri can be contacted on 98480-84410 or mailed at


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