Cineswami tells us more about choreographer-director Remo D’Souza’s new projects with Disney UTV
The fate of Any Body Can Dance (ABCD) may be uncertain at the box office, but Disney UTV has gone ahead and signed choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza for a two-film deal. The first one is most likely a sequel to ABCD.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director – Studios, Disney UTV, says, “Remo is of course a gifted choreographer, but as Prabhu Deva said after working with him, he is an even better director! We have had a wonderful experience with Remo on ABCD. The film showcases his amazing ability to thrill and entertain his audience while at the same time to handle emotion and drama with sensitivity and depth. He has worked with a team of superb dancers and brought out the actor in each of them. To shoot a grueling dance film at this massive scale in 3D is not an easy job, but Remo coupled his talent and ability with patience and perseverance to make a superb film. We’re thrilled to be continuing our association with him, and here’s to making many more great movies together!”
Remo says, “UTV has whole-heartedly backed my vision of making India’s first ever 3D dance film ABCD. They were kicked about the project from the word go and I’m really happy I had them as my producer. It’s important for a producer to trust his director, trust the vision and UTV has done just that. I’m really excited that I have been offered two more films under the UTV banner – one, which could be the sequel to ABCD – which I’m currently working upon. UTV and I have had a super journey and we are only strengthening our bond now. We will do some great work together.” And all power to them.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long-standing and simmering one and there are parallels to the India-Pakistan tensions. Long before Neeraj Pandey began filming Special 26, he made a quiet trip to Europe to finalise and seal the deal to secure the Indian remake rights for Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri’s Spanish film Seres Queridos (Only Human). The film is a romantic comedy about the relationship between a Palestinian and a Jew. Pandey clearly saw the potential of the story and the translatability to an Indian audience. To his credit, he didn’t rip the film off and chose to acquire the rights.
Pandey’s masterstroke as a writer was to transpose the story to an India-Pakistan milieu. For reasons best known to the producers, E Niwas, whose last two films De Taali and My Name is Anthony Gonsalves were box office disasters, has been chosen as the director. Titled Aman Ki Asha, the remake will star Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam. Filming is underway. As to Pandey’s next as director, he’s currently basking in the critical adulation being enjoyed by Special 26. He’s in no hurry. After all, there was a five-year gap between A Wednesday and Special 26.