AR Rahman says he once denied invitation to meet late singer Michael Jackson


AR Rahman never fails to amaze the audience with his music and is a renowned name of the industry. However in a recent interview the legendary singer revealed about denied the invitation to meet the late singer and a sensation Michael Jackson years back.

He said they were planning a collaboration back then but it didn’t work later. "At the beginning of 2009, I was in LA with my agent. He introduced me to another person, his friend, who managed Michael Jackson. I tested my waters. I said, 'Can I meet Michael Jackson?' And he said, 'Sure, I'll send out an email'. There was no response in the first week. was just quiet, and I said, It's fine'."

He further added, "And then the
nominations happened, and I got nominated for the Oscars. Then, the email came in, and it said, 'Michael wants to meet you'. But I said, I don't want to meet him now.” 

"I said, I don't want to meet him. If I win an Oscar, I'll meet him, otherwise I won't'. I was sure I was going to win. I won, and the next day, I went to meet him. It was almost 6:30 pm, and the sun was going down. And then, somebody opened the door with gloves on. On meeting him Rahman also recalled that Michael praised his music in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. He said, "He introduced me to his kids, but I was jet-lagged  because I'd been working day and night. I  was waiting to return to India... It was unforgettable.”

Michael died in 2009 due to medical complications but is still remembered by many as a legendary figure in the music industry. 


Source: Free Malaysia Today