Adding to this, the maestro also got the chance to rub shoulders with eminent personalities from Hollywood too. Speaking of which, Rahman once recollected a memorable meeting he had with Michael Jackson soon after his historic win.
In an interview with a news portal, Rahman revealed that he had prepared a test for his new Hollywood agent Sam Schwartz to see what he was capable of. He soon asked him whether he can arrange a meeting with Michael Jackson. “And he looked at his friend, who said, he can send an email to Michael Jackson,” shared Rahman.
However, for weeks there was no response from the agent. Since Rahman got occupied with Oscar promotions around that time, he concluded that the meeting was never happening. Four days before the Oscars, he got to know, “Hey, Michael wants to meet you.”
Since he devoted all his time rehearsing his performance for the Oscar night at that time, he made a pact of meeting Jackson only if he wins. “I thought for a moment and said, ‘I will meet him if I win’,” he recalled. “Otherwise, I don’t want to meet him.”
The next day, after winning coveted awards, Rahman went to meet the King of Pop. Talking about his interaction with the portal, he shared his ‘surreal’ feeling, “He (Michael) opened the door for me wearing (his iconic) gloves and sunglasses. I was standing in front of him on the high of winning two Oscars as the whole of India was going crazy about it. It was surreal.
He also added, “We spoke for about two hours. We spoke about a lot of things such as love and hatred. We discussed the Jai Ho song. He said to me like my music, his dance moves also flow from his soul. And suddenly he stood and danced for me. I felt like being struck by a thunderbolt.”