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BOMBAY TIMES (April 6, 2013)
The next season of Colors’ Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa will see not just the participants dance, but also the judges. Just the other day the trio — Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Remo D’Souza — had a lot of fun while rehearsing for the number 1, 2 Cha Cha Cha. And while KJo and Remo were practising their steps, Madhuri could not control her laughter and kept pulling their legs. At one point, Remo and Karan had to hold each other while Madhuri showed them the nuances of the dance form. It was during this dostana, when Madhuri burst out laughing and made the other two conscious as well. The three were so uncontrollable after a while, that they had to take several takes in order to just get one shot right with the on-going laughter riot on sets.
Said Madhuri, “I’m doing cha-cha for the first time and enjoying the experience. And the fact that Karan is dancing is even more intriguing. I’m sure the audiences are going to love this combo”.
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; March 25, 2013)
Choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza, close on the heels of his 3D dance film, has been signed on by Karan Johar to direct an action-adventure flick. A source from the production team reveals that this high-voltage action thriller will star Siddharth Malhotra and will be on the lines of the hit Hollywood franchisee The Fast and The Furious.
The film revolves around illegal street racing and heists. Says a source, “Remo, Karan and his team are constantly meeting and working on the script. It’s too early to reveal anything, but all we can say is that the action will revolve around cars.”
Shooting will begin soon after Sid wraps up KJo’s other romcom Hasee Toh Phasee with Parineeti Chopra. Remo’s film will be Sid’s third outing with his Student of The Year producer. Remo shares, “The film will go on the floors by year-end.”
BOMBAY TIMES (March 2, 2013)
Disney UTV has produced and released two non-star cast movies in February — ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) and Kai Po Che — belonging to different genres. Both films received an upbeat response.
“The studio wholeheartedly backed my vision of making India’s first-ever 3D dance film. They were kicked about the project from the word go. I’m now excited about my two-film deal with them — one of which is the sequel to ABCD,” says director Remo D’Souza.
On February 22, the studio released Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, a social drama that got a thumbs-up from the critics and audience. “KPC has been instrumental for me to form a wonderful and rewarding creative association with Disney UTV. They are a production house that looks at pushing the envelope with content as well as marketing and distribution,” says Abhishek Kapoor, who has also signed another film with them.
The studio’s forthcoming releases include Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala on March 29, followed by Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar in June. On the floors are Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express and Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha.
Makers of Someday feel end of Remo’s film is suspiciously similar to theirs
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 23, 2013)
The makers of Someday, an upcoming dance film to be presented by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, are a worried lot.
Ever since Remo D’Souza’s ABCD – Any Body Can Dance hit theatres, members of Someday’s cast and crew, who’ve seen ABCD – Any Body Can Dance, have been pointing out that the climax of Remo’s film bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Someday. They’ve been claiming that like in Someday, ABCD – Any Body Can Dance too, has a band of boys introducing Indian elements into their dance to win a dance competition in the end.
In turn, Someday’s producers PRP Pictures and director Saahil Prem have begun suspecting whether the alleged similarity has something to do with an earlier session Saahil had with Remo to discuss the possibilities of the latter choreographing a promotional song for Someday.
Apparently, Saahil had met Remo long before ABCD – Any Body Can Dance was announced. While Remo never really choreographed the said song, Saahil ended up discussing significant dance portions of the film that had been shot in the UK, including the climax. Remo’s being privy to Someday’s content and ABCD’s announcement soon after, caused the needle of suspicion to point toward the choreographer-filmmaker.
Said Saahil: “Yes, I had met Remo and discussed Someday with him at length.” Saahil’s mother, ex-journalist Nishi Prem, who happens to More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; February 20, 2013)
The positive response to Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) has prompted its makers to plan a sequel with the same team. The writer of ABCD, Amit Aaryan, will pen the script this time as well.
But there was a time when the film, directed by Remo DSouza and starring Prabhu Dheva, had no producer or any backing. Remo simply discussed the idea with Amit and he wrote the script.
“Remo used to watch a popular serial that I was writing for and was aware about me. And then, Tusshar Hiranandani, a common friend and scriptwriter, made us meet. Believe me, while writing the script, I had no clue whether we would get a producer or not. But once the script was ready, we narrated it to Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur (of UTV Motion Pictures) who liked it immensely. Later, Ronnie suggested that the film be made in 3D”, recalls Amit.
But ABCD is not the first film Amit has written. He had earlier penned David Dhawan’s Do Knot Disturb (2009). But writing for TV shows left him with no time for films.
Amit adds, “I have been writing my comedy serial for the past seven years without a break. The channel now has plans to approach the Guiness Book Of World Records for the longest running comedy show.”
He is currently working on a fictional dance show to be made under his banner, Sai Shiimmer. “There are also two other film, for which where I have been asked to write the script. I am happy with the way things are shaping up and could not have More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 12, 2013)
It was the perfect occasion for Prabhu Dheva to hit the dance floor with a vengeance. And happily giving him company was the cast and crew of ABCD – Any Body Can Dance, the country’s first 3D dance film that opened recently to an impressive Rs 5.5 crore (weekend collection total 16 crore). A private party hosted by producers at a suburban night spot on Sunday saw a lithe-as-ever Prabhu, taking the ABCD team, including director Remo D’Souza, Salman Yusuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak and Lauren Gottlieb through the signature steps of his hit number Hum Se Hain Muqabla. A treat to watch, the dancer-choreographer-actor-director went on, by popular demand, to shimmy to the popular track Chin Ta Ta from Rowdy Rathore. Thereafter, each member of the cast proceeded to dedicate a solo dance performance to him. The party continued till about 1.30pm.
India’s top choreographers discuss matching steps as actor-director on new film
Ankit Ajmera (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 10, 2013)
One hour spent with choreographers Prabhu Deva and Remo D’Souza (real names: Shankupani and Ramesh Gopi) is long enough to figure that they are fond admirers of each other. Which made working together on ABCD (Anybody Can Dance), India’s first 3D dance film a breeze. It’s the story of a choreographer who is fired from a dance institute, when he bumps into an old friend and the two decide to make their own team.
Although both Prabhu Deva and D’Souza have successfully graduated from choreography to direction, for ABCD, Prabhu Deva turned actor, happily taking instructions from D’Souza. “There was no room for a clash because I know how good a dancer Prabhu sir is,” D’Souza says, smiling wide through a thick French beard.
Since 2005, Prabhu Deva, the son of Sundaram Master, a well known choreographer in South Indian cinema, has directed 10 Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films including blockbusters Wanted (2009) and Rowdy Rathore (2012). It was when Telugu film producer MS Raju suggested that he direct a movie that he took on Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, which won the Filmfare award (2006) for Best Film (Telugu).
D’Souza wasn’t as lucky. His first film Lal Pahare’r Katha (2007) based on Chhau, a tribal dance form of Orissa and West Bengal, had to be self-produced. Mithun Chakraborty agreed to act in it, and it turned out to be a surprise winner at the More >
BOMBAY TIMES (February 8, 2013)
On the day of the release of Remo D’Souza’s ABCD — Any Body Can Dance, UTV Motion Pictures the producers of his film, has signed the choreographer-turned-director for two more movies — one of which could be a sequel to ABCD.
On ABCD, Remo says, “The film took a long time to make, but I was sure that I wanted really good dancers. I do not have any big names, but despite that the production house has backed a project like this. I am glad that it has turned out the way it is. I am just hoping everyone likes the movie and my work.”
Talking about the new deal, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director — Studios, Disney UTV, says, “Remo is a gifted choreographer, but as Prabhu Dheva said after working with him, he is an even better director. We had a wonderful experience. The film showcases his ability to thrill and entertain while at the same time handling emotion and drama with sensitivity and depth. He has worked with a team of dancers and brought out the actor in each of them. We’re thrilled to be continuing our association with him.”
Says Remo, “They have backed my vision of making India’s first ever 3D dance film. They were kicked about the project from the word go. It’s important for a producer to trust his director and they have done that. I’m really excited that I have been offered two more films under the banner.”
Choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’souza talks about his passion for dance
Sneha Mahadevan (BOMBAY TIMES; January 15, 2013)
How did you get the idea of making India’s first ever 3D dance film? Ever since I started dancing, I was pretty sure I would make a film on my love for dance. When the opportunity came, I grabbed it with both hands. This film has, quite literally, taken 19 years to be made. It hasn’t been easy because I didn’t have any big names, but that is how I wanted it to be. I was looking for someone to back the film and that is when UTV stepped into the picture. I wanted to make the film in 3D and that is an expensive affair, but the UTV team understood this and were more than willing to let me experiment.
Tell us about your equation with Prabhu Dheva. I have known Prabhu for long. He is like family to me. I have idolised him for so many years. When I approached him for the film, he immediately said yes. He didn’t even read the entire script.
You said you were sure you didn’t want big names in your film… I wanted to make the film with dancers. I had promised the kids on a reality show that I had judged that I would cast them in my film. They are all fantastic and share my passion for dance.
But why 3D for a film on dance? 3D as a medium is underused in our country. We convert movies from 2D to 3D and the quality is compromised in the bargain. We have used 3D to enhance what we already had in hand. A lot of talk is going on about my film being a copy of a More >
The director-choreographer talks about his upcoming film that made him put on his dancing shoes
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; January 10, 2013)
He may be the most-sought after director following blockbusters like Wanted and Rowdy Rathore, but Prabhu Dheva prefers being a choreographer first and foremost. “I love dancing and so choreography is a natural choice,” smiles Prabhu Dheva who started his career as one. Direction, he says, comes a close second because it involves a lot of creativity, responsibility and “tension”. But he has left all that for a while to act and dance in the forthcoming film ABCD – Any Body Can Dance that is directed by Remo D’Souza. In fact, the actor attributes the reason for doing the film to Remo. “It is a bonus being a dance film and additionally 3D is a double bonus,” he says, that the film has a lot of emotions besides dance. A musical, it is a journey of a bunch of youngsters who achieve what they set out to.
Prabhu Dheva, who has the golden touch with mass entertainers (Wanted and Rowdy Rathore — both South remakes) is now directing a love story Ramaiya Vastavaiya with Shruti Haasan and Girish Taurani, which again is a remake of his Telugu film Nuvvu Vastanante Nenu Vaddanta. Ask him how he has managed to make superhits out of remakes and he humbly gives the credit to his team of writers. He however, confesses that the main difference between the South films and Bollywood is that romance is more in the latter. “Also, in South we have separate More >