Recalling the day that it all happened, Remo says, “It was just a regular day. I had my breakfast and went to the gym. Lizelle (wife) and I share the same trainer, who was already training her. So, I was waiting for my turn, and in the meanwhile, I did some brisk walking on the treadmill and stretching on the foam roller. Then, I was just sitting idle, waiting for my turn. As soon as Lizelle finished, I got up, but I started feeling pain at the center of my chest. Since it wasn’t in my left arm, I thought it was because of acidity. So, I drank water. But the pain was still there, so I told my trainer that we should cancel the training for the day. When Lizelle and I took the elevator to go up, I pressed the lift button and sat down. Once I stepped out of the lift I started coughing and I even wanted to throw up. Lizelle saw my smart watch, which checks on the heartbeat and ECG and the screen prompted ‘Are you not well?’ This pain was something that I had never experienced in my life. On reaching the hospital, we were told by the doctors that it’s a major heart attack.”
Remo says that the entire period was the scariest time of his life. “I am told that my right artery had a 100 per cent blockage. Usually, a normal human heart works at 55 per cent and when I was taken to the hospital, it was working only 25 per cent. Yeh mere saath kaise ho gaya? I keep a check on my body from time to time. It is probably hereditary, pre-workout session or work stress. They are trying to figure it out and I am dying to know. A lot of people think I take steroids, which is not true at all. I believe in having a natural body,” he shares.
Talking about his diet and restrictions, the ace choreographer who is currently resting in his Goregaon home, explains, “Food is now restricted. For a month, I have to follow the no oil, no salt, no sweets diet.”
“Once my heart, which is at 40 per cent now, reaches 50 per cent, life will be back to normal. Until then, at least for two months… no working out, no driving, no work and only rest,” says Remo, who’s overwhelmed with the love people showered upon him through social media. He adds, “I think I just got saved because of the many prayers and the blessings that came in. I have realised we have only one life to live. When I was at the hospital and I closed my eyes, I thought that if I go, I will be remembered for a few days and then people will start forgetting me. So, this one life is the most precious gift. You need to think how you want to spend it. I also feel one should just love everyone, there’s no need for hatred. The most important thing is your family. I call my wife my Santa Claus. She stood by me. Likewise, my friends, they took good care of me.”As he thanked his near and dear ones, Remo also made a special mention about Salman Khan. The former directed the latter in Race 3. “We call him an angel as he has a heart of gold. I have worked with him and I know the kind of a gem that he is. Salman and I don’t talk much, like, I only say ‘yes, sir, okay sir’. Actually, my wife and Salman are very close. As soon as I was rushed to the hospital, Lizelle called him. And through the six days that I was in the hospital, he saw to it that I was taken good care of. He was also personally talking to the doctors,” says Remo who plans to steadily get back into action. “Come New Year, I will start working on my project. During the lockdown I was working on a script. It’s a project that I am excited about, but cannot talk about right now. We should go on floors by April 2021,” he signs off.