Remo D'Souza takes a bow
Choreographer- director Remo D'Souza is super excited. Other than his film, it's also his plan to perform at the Maha Kumbh Mela at Allahabad that's keeping him on his toes
“I am a firm believer in God. Performing at the Maha Kumbh will be a different high altogether as it is one of the biggest congregations in the world.
Plus, the mood, colour and exoticism attached to it make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone. I really want to make it happen,” says Remo, who is known for being a religious person (He sports tattoos of Lord Buddha and Ganesha on his arm). In a quick interview with CS, Remo talks about coping up with fame and connecting with God:
The name and fame
Earlier, people around me didn’t appreciate my dancing skills and abilities. So, now when people recognise me or copy my steps, it feels great. I always wanted a life where everything revolved around films. And now I have realised both my dancing and film ambitions. Losing my privacy is a small price to pay for such highs. Fame or celebrity status is a great thing if handled well. Yes, I do miss being unnoticed at times, especially when I crave to have tea and vada pav at a roadside stall. I can’t do that now!
I believe that any technician can become a director. After working as a choreographer for so many years, I am familiar with the technicalities. The only risk lies in the fact that if your film flops, your image as a choreographer suffers as well. I have learnt a lot from Anubhav Sinha and Hansal Mehta whom I consider as my godfathers. Both of them gave me a lot of independence, which helped boost my confidence. Even in my latest project I faced a lot of hiccups but finally my patience paid off. As a choreographer, I have learnt the value of patience. And I was taught to be humble since childhood. These two values have also helped me immensely.
There was this time when I was directing my first Bengali film called Lal Pahare'r Katha and there was a sequence where I needed a dancer to dance with fire on his body. I didn't want to risk anyone's life. So I tried it myself. I sported a fire suit and practised. The entire watching crowed was amazed at my passion for dance and I believe it was God alone who gave me the courage to do it.