On October 2, Jermaine, Michael Jackson’s older brother, arrived in Mumbai at the same time as Team India jetted in from South Africa. While Dhoni and his boys gear up for the Champion’s League, Jermaine has started rehearsing for a video that will be picturised on the song, Let’s go to Mumbai city featuring singer-composer Adnan Sami and him.
Remo will choreograph the song that will be shot all over Mumbai, including the Gateway of India, Haji Ali, the slums and the terrace of a building in town that offers a panoramic view of the city.
He says that the night before Jermaine arrived he couldn’t sleep. And when he first set his eyes on the singer he was left speechless by his striking resemblance to his late brother.
“Jermaine is almost exactly like Michael in the ways he talks and sings. But while he may be as good a singer as MJ, he’s not as good a dancer as him,” admits Remo. He informs that when he showed Jermaine the first steps he had choreographed for him, he was laughingly told, “Hey, I’m not MJ. Don’t give me such difficult moves.”
Remo admits that “nobody can be as good as MJ” but still wants to try out Michael’s trademark finger moves with his brother and Sami and may be experiment with the Moonwalk too.
It was the dance director’s dream to get MJ to dance to his steps some day.
“I saw Michael only once, in 1996 when he was down for a concert, stepping out of the Andheri Sports Complex. I was standing in the crowd and completely star-struck,” recalls Remo. He couldn’t get within a feet of MJ again but he’s got JJ’s happy feet dancing all over town for him.
The song came to Remo a month ago. The album is being produced by T-Series, with Divya Khosla Kumar as the director. The video will be filmed over three days, from October 9, to October 11, and Remo’s hoping that the dark clouds clear by then even though it would be interesting shooting in the rains.
“Mumbai’s been the subject of several Bollywood films and songs but it’s rarely been shot in late monsoons before,” he says. You remind him that the rains could bring outdoor shoots to a halt. But Remo is not worried. If that happens, he’s sure Jermaine would stay back in the city that hosted his brother 13 years back, till the song is in the cans.
The song will have an international treatment but will incorporate a lot of Bollywood elements.
Adnan Sami has used a lot of dhol beats and Remo plans to give it some desi jhatkas. “It’s a very big project for me and I’m hoping it will be as popular as Slumdog Millionaire’s Jai ho… though Let’s go to Mumbai city…is a different song and will be shot differently,” says Remo.
Jermaine is undoubtedly the star attraction but Remo is sure that people are just as eager to see a slim and trim Adnan Sami back on screen. He says, “They loved him in videos like Lift kara de… when he was fat. I’m sure they will love him even more now that he’s shed all those not-needed kilos.”