Durban fans join thousands worldwide at Jackson film premiere

2009-10-29 00:00

MICHAEL Jackson mania swept through the Gateway Mall yesterday morning as hundreds of fans gathered for the premiere of This Is It, the documentary that chronicles the weeks before the superstar’s death.

The film, which will only be screened for two weeks, opened at cinemas across the globe and has already been sold out in some countries.

The documentary was made from footage filmed for Jackson’s private use and shows Jackson during his rehearsals for the This Is It show he was putting on in London.

In Durban, fans donned their Michael Jackson gear and warded off sleep as the movie was shown at 3 am, the same time as the Los Angeles premiere.

A live satellite link showed Hollywood stars arriving for the movie.

Moviegoers even did their versions of Jackson’s famous moonwalk dance while they waited for the movie to start.

Among the crowd of excited fans was Bluff doctor Kudhoos Amod, who describes himself as the “ultimate Michael Jackson fan”.

Amod is so fascinated by the performer that he has named some of his five children after Jackson’s own children. Amod’s eldest son was named Prince and his baby daughter is called MJ. Another son is named Taj, after one of Jackson’s nephews.

Amod said he has admired Jackson ever since he was a little boy and was lucky enough to meet him at Sun City in 1998.

“It was a dream come true. He held my hand and we chatted for several minutes. I was blown away by his humbleness,” he said.

Amod has travelled to Prague, Wembley Stadium in London and Germany to watch Jackson perform.

“I couldn’t get enough of him and followed him around the world to watch him perform. He is an awesome performer,” he said.

He said Jackson’s death was devastating to him and his family.

“My kids love him. They know all his dance moves,” he added.

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