Remo D'Souza (born April 2, 1974) is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director.He struggled hard to reach where he is today.Although he is mainly involved in choreography, he has also c...
Remo D'Souza (born April 2, 1974) is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director.He struggled hard to reach where he is today.Although he is mainly involved in choreography, he has also contributed to filmmaking in other Indian film industries,Bengali cinema. He also judged the reality dance show Dance India Dance.
He studied in Jamnagar, Gujarat. He did his 12th from there and during his HSC board exam he realized that he didn't had any interest in studies. He immediately left school and landed in Mumbai to struggle.But dad wanted him to join AIR FORCE.
He did not had any guru ,he loved dance since his early childhood and used to perform during school functions and all that kind of occasions. But his craving to learn more about dancing is what brought him to Mumbai.
It was only dance. Whatever He has learnt about dance until now is by his own. He hasn't taken any professional training. He learnt it by watching movies, music videos etc. He would rather say Michael Jackson is his guru as he used to copy his steps watching him dancing in his videos and then choreograph his own steps by adding something extra.
At the beginning he had no source of income and consider himself lucky to be staying with a very sweet family. After few days he opened a dance class by the name of Super Brats at Churni Road. I along with three of his friends soon opened two more branches of the institute, one in Andheri and other in Borivali. He used to travel to Churni Road in the morning, take the class there, come to Borivili for the second class and then catch the train to come to Andheri for his last class before he could go home.
Initially he had four students and gradually it increased. He got money in that way but there was a season of it, the rainy seasons were really bad. At one point he had literally no money; not even to give to the people with whom he was staying as paying guest. he lied to them that he had his classes and would come after two days. For those two days, he stayed at Bandra station without having food.
It was in All India Dance Competition that his team came first and we got noticed. At that time, Ahmed Khan was working on Ram Gopal Varma's Rangeela and was on the look out for fresh faces. He auditioned him and he got selected. At the beginning he was rejected because of his dark complexion and unattractive features whereas Ahmed wanted chikna and gora-gora ladka. But luckily Ahmed's assistant knew about his dancing skills and insisted him to take me in the film. So, I got selected again for Rangeela's first song, Ai re ai re… That time Ram Gopal Varma loved his character so much that he used to keep him in all his scenes. If you see the film you will notice that it opens with his close up with him sitting and having a bidi. That was his first big break as a dancer and having a close up and opening shot in 70mm screen in Hindi film is a very big thing which made his career. From there he started assisting Ahmed.
After assisting Ahmed Khan for one year, he got the confidence to take on an independent project. But at the same time, he was worried as for that he would had to leave Ahmed and then if the project didn't click, he would be nowhere. It was Anubhav Sinha who gave him his first video. It was Sonu Nigam's album Deewana. Luckily the video was a big hit and later he worked on many more videos along with Anubhav and others. There was time when he was working on four music videos in one day. As far as film is concerned, he got his first break in Hansal Mehta's Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, which unfortunately didn't do well at the box office. It was again Anubhav Sinha who gave him his film Tum Bin which proved to be a big hit. But the real breakthrough he got is from the film Kaante where he choreographed item number Ishq Samundar… proved to be a major success. After Tum Bin and Kaante proving to be hits, he was on the seventh heaven actually.