Remo D’Souza’s journey in this industry is the perfect example of a success story. The choreographer turned director left his studies after appearing for HSC exams to follow his passion and live his dream of becoming a choreographer. Born and brought up in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Remo’s struggle started in the late 80’s, an era when there was no social media that would make people star over-night. The young boy up initially for a night slept at Bandra Station in Mumbai as he didn’t have any shelter following which stayed with his friend’s brother at Mira Road.
In those days, when not a lot of people took up dancing as a profession, D’Souza opened a dance class named Super Brats at Charni Road, and eventually opened two other branches in Borivali and Andheri. The hard-work helped him, and his team win a dance competition, which got him noticed by Ahmed Khan (Choreographer) and Ram Gopal Verma. This was the beginning of Remo D’Souza’s journey in the industry. He got a chance to feature as a background dancer in Rangeela following which he assisted Ahmed Khan.
After assisting Ahmed Khan for one year, Remo decided to part off and start choreographing dances independently. His first independent assignment as a choreographer was the music video Deewana directed by Anubhav Sinha featuring Sonu Nigam. The music video was a huge hit and ever since then there was no looking back for Remo as far as choreography was concerned. The first song he choreographed for a Bollywood film was the song Ishq Samunder (Kaante) and even that song was a huge success. Kaante was followed by Tum Bin, and the choreography of that film was also praised. After the success of these two films, there was no looking back for Remo who ended up working on films like Dhoom, Lucky, Saathiya, Aksar, Love Story 2050, Kidnap, Boothnath, Rock On, Bajiaro Mastani, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Student of The Year, Any Body Can Dance, Any Body Can Dance 2, FALTU, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, 2 States, Robot to name a few. In-fact, Remo won the National Award for best choreographed song of the year – Deewani Mastani (Bajirao Mastani), a feat that is just a dream for most of the people in the industry.
While working in the above-mentioned films was in itself a success story for a guy who came to Mumbai and spent a night at Bandra Station, Remo D’Souza decided to venture into film direction as well. Remo often believes that the success that he has attained in the industry is a result of his struggle, and being a good human is essential to be successful in this industry. His first directorial was FALTU starring Jacky Bhagnani, and it was a fairly successful venture at the Box-Office. Following FALTU was ABCD and ABCD 2 and both the films proved to be immensely successful at the Box-Office. This was followed by a hiccup in the form of A Flying Jatt, which was not only critically panned, but also tanked at the Box-Office. However, as they say good things often happen with good people. Despte the failure of Flying Jatt, the director is currently gearing up for his biggest assignment till date i.e. Race 3 starring Salman Khan in lead. Who would have thought that a person who at one point of time had no career in Mumbai, would end up directing one of the biggest Bollywood superstars of all time, Salman Khan.
Well, the Box-Office result of Race 3 aside, here’s a big kudos to the struggle and achievement of Remo D’Souza in this industry. He managed to leave his mark in this industry without having any godfather, and this is something commendable. As mentioned in the headline, Remo D’Souza’s journey from staying at Bandra station to directing the Bandra boy, Salman Khan in remarkable.