A picture showing Balasaheb Thackery with Michael Jackson was shared widely on Facebook, claming that it is a rare photo. This picture came into light, after Michael Jackson died.
Hoax or Fact:
This picture of Balasaheb with MJ - Michael Jackson was taken when Michael Jackson visited Mumbai, India in 1996 to mesmerize thousands of Mumbaikars with his live performance. Soon after Michael Jackson
arrived in India, he went to the residence of the Shiv Sena chief, Balasaheb Thackeray’s residence, the Matushree, in Bandra East. This picture along with few others were taken at that point of time. Balasaheb presented Michael Jackson with a silver tabla and tanpura, the popular musical instruments from India.
That visit and performance of MJ was a memorable one, and even after 15 years, Indians, mumbaikars especially remember his electrifying performance. You can find the video of his performance in the reference section.