Usually it’s a given for someone to cancel their shoot when they’re really unwell, more so when a major injury limits their mobility. However, despite a fractured leg Remo D’Souza couldn’t delay the choreography of the pacy Laung da lashkara… number for Nikhil Advani’s forthcoming film Patiala House that features Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma. And the reason he has shot the song on crutches was because the set was ready and coordinating the dates of the actors again would be difficult.
Recalling the injury, Remo says, “I had an accident while shooting for Dance India Dance and broke three bones of my ankle. My leg was plastered for over a month.” He goes on to add that he had not only committed to the dates for the Patiala House song, but also conducted rehearsals for it.
The injury obviously slowed his movement, resulting in a slight delay, as the song got wrapped up in five days. “Otherwise, I would have finished it in four days,” says D’Souza, who had to pop lots of painkillers to take him through the day. “Nonetheless, everyone, including the actors and director Nikhil, was very cooperative. The moment I reached the sets and heard the music, all my concentration was on the song. And when pack-up was announced, I’d start feeling the pain. The next morning, I was back on the sets.”
Needless to say, Remo was relieved at the end of the shoot, though the actors and director did tell Remo not to stress much. “But when I’m working, I’m all attention, forgetting all the pain and injury. It’s my responsibility to deliver,’ he asserts.
Interestingly, the film’s leading actor Kumar, who’s also co-producing the film with T-Series, ensured that Remo laughed off his pain, as he teased him for being the first choreographer to work on crutches. “Akshay can be a mischievous devil. Even though he knew I couldn’t stand for long, he’d be like, ‘Abhi chalo Remo, mujhe steps karke dikhao.’ (Now come on Remo, show me the dance steps),” says the choreographer, recalling that during the shoot he’d have to show the hand movements sitting on his chair.