Remo D’Souza: How did a background dancer turn into a successful Choreographer-cum-Director?

Remo D’Souza is a reputed Indian Choreographer and director of the Indian Film Industry. He was born on 2 April 1974 in Olavakkode, which is located in the Palakkad district of Kerala. He was named their baby Ramesh Gopi by his parents  K. Gopi, and Madhviyamma. K.Gopi being an Air Force officer, wanted his son to pursue the same and thus got him admission to Air Force School in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. During his school time, Remo D’Souza was interested in athletics and has received prizes for 100-meter races. But as the student reached 12th standard, the teenager understood that the lad has a different dream in his eyes. The boy desired to be a dancer, and for which he skilled himself with numerous types of dance via several movies and music videos. The teen cherished to mimic Michael Jackson and as well as considered the legend as his guru. The emerging artist was inspired by the motivational stories of famous personalities who were associated with dance.

The youngster would create his own choreography by adding new steps. At the age of 19, the boy expressed the desire to have a dancer career in Bollywood to his parents. The father of the teenager opposed, but his mother supported him to fulfil the wish. Subsequently, Remo D’Souza went to Mumbai for building his career, but during the initial days, the dreamer had no income. The only thing he had was the generous family with whom the man lived. Then, he began dance classes with the name Super Brats at Churni Road for his living. His first-class had only four students, and slowly the quantity elevated with the passing day.  Later along with two of his friends, the emerging dancer started two branches, one at Borivali and the other at Andheri. The young guy struggled to get a smash in a movie for taking one step towards his motivational story, and hence, in 1995, he got the chance as a background dancer.

One day, Remo D’Souza went to choreographer Ahmed Khan for an audition and requested the senior artist to select him based on his performance and not his skin colour. Fortunately, he was chosen and then became the assistant of Ahmed Khan. But soon, Remo D’Souza parted from his senior to try choreography for music videos. In 2000, the artist laboured as a choreographer withinside the movie Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar.  The dancer made his directorial debut with a Bengali film called Lal Pahare’r Katha in 2007. In 2011, he directed his first Bollywood film F.A.L.T.U. with gifted casts, consisting of Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. Later, the creative man went on to direct films like ABCD- Any Body Can Dance, ABCD 2, The Flying Jatt, Race 3 and Street Dancer.  The talented dancer has also produced films that include DOA: Death of Amar, Nawabzaade and Street Dancer 3D. The star has acted in movies like Pardes, Aflatoon, Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, Entertainment and Zero. Moreover, the skilful choreographer has worked as a judge in several dance reality shows like Dance India Dance, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Dance Plus and Dance Champions.

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Remo D’Souza won his first award in 2011 for the film Enthrian, and the prize was titled Best Find of the Year.  In 2014, he received numerous awards for choreographing the song Badtameez Dil of the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani from Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Producer’s Guild Film Awards with the title of the Best Choreography. Then, the talented man won the National Film Award, Producer’s Film Awards and International Indian Film Academy Awards for the Best Choreography for Bajirao Mastani and in 2016.  He achieved the Best Choreography title in the sixty-fifth Filmfare Awards for the film Kalank in 2020.

Remo D’Souza had a heart attack on 11 December 2020 and was admitted to Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. Prays of his fans and family helped him to recover quickly. Soon after recovering from his illness, and plans to provide fantastic movies and dance numbers to Indian Cinema. The motivational stories of famous personalities like him help us to chase our dreams in any situation. The journey from being a small-town boy Ramesh Gopi to a talented dancer Remo D’Souza is an inspiration for those who have a strong determination for accomplishing their desire.