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Bollywood inspired my family, says MJ's brother Jermaine

June 24, 2011 - Toronto

Jermaine, brother of the late pop singer Michael Jackson, has revealed that Bollywood had inspired him and his famous siblings.

The singer, who paid a tribute to his late brother at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) in Toronto, told a press conference that his family would watch Indian films every Saturday when they moved to California to make it big in show business.

"We were watching you from Day 1 as we were on the journey of becoming the Jackson 5," The Globe and Mail quoted him as saying.

"We loved the dance, the costumes, the entertainment, the set design and that's what inspired us a great deal.... So I'm very honoured to be here," he added.

The Jackson 5 singer who took the stage in dark sunglasses and a dark suit with a small badge with the initials 'MJ' on his lapel said that he and his siblings love India.

"It's a wonderful opportunity because Michael loved India so much," Jermaine said of his upcoming performance, which would include a duet with Indian singer Sonu Nigam.

"We love the food, we love the people, we love the music, we love the clothing, everything.

"The music always made us want to go visit India and just being here with the IIFA awards is a dream come true," he said.


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