Though dancing remains choreographer-director Remo D’Souza’s first love, he confesses that direction has taken a front seat now. Remo, who has helmed films such as F.A.L.T.U (2011), ABCD (2013) and A Flying Jatt (2016), feels being a director and choreographer for a film is an added advantage as everything is in your control.
“When I started off as a choreographer, I had to do songs, which I may have wanted to do differently but directors had their own inputs to give. But now, I take liberty to decide my own dance steps as well.”
Happy with the idea of playing this dual part, he adds, “I will never leave choreography and will keep doing songs too. Of course, it’s not that five years down the line I only want to see myself directing films. I am trying my best to get good songs to choreograph also.”
About the standard of dancing in Bollywood films, Remo says the level has gone up and reached a different level altogether. “The actors have started to dance and even the actresses these days rehearse rigorously, which wasn’t the case earlier. I would give the credit to all the dance-based reality shows because that’s how the dancing changed in Hindi films.”
As for the young breed of choreographers and dancers, he says: “They know what exactly is working now and what will turn out to be a hit among the viewers. They have this hunger of proving themselves through their dance.”
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