Nothing can beat Remo D’Souza’s love for dance. “Dance is life to me,” says the 38-year-old choreographer, who has made many a film star dance to his steps, became a household name as a judge on the dance reality show, Dance India Dance (DID), and later on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa (JDJ).
So, what does he look out for in an act?
“I judge a dance performance based on how good it is technically, and on how well the performer picked up that specific dance form,” says Remo. A fan of Michael Jackson (he literally wears the letters ‘MJ’ on his sleeve), Remo’s list of favourite dance forms include Hip Hop, Popping and Locking, Bollywood and Indian Classical.
So when a contestant performs Hip Hop (his style), is he/she more likely to win his heart or undergo extreme scrutiny?
“I love to watch people perform my dance form but they’ll have to be really good at it to impress me,” says the choreographer, who is currently a judge on season five of JDJ, along with dancing queen, actor Madhuri Dixit, and filmmaker Karan Johar. “It’s a pleasure to be judging, sitting next to Madhuri. And this time, there’s Karan too. They’re both such great people,” he says.
After his first film, Faltu, last year, Remo is now ready with Any Body Can Dance (ABCD), India’s first dance film in 3D. It stars dance stalwarts Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya, apart from some former DID contestants. “It was great fun choreographing and directing it. This film is very close to my heart,” he says.