Choreographer-turned-director Remo d'Souza who was a horrified first-hand witness too dancer-turned-actor Salman Yusuff Khan potentially
fatal plunge on Sunday evening at an awards function in Mumbai from a reported height of around 30 feet, says the accident could have been
Hesitant to talk and quite understandably shaken Remo said, `Salman's fall was a nightmare. Prabhu and I were on stage watching him when
it happened. Yes, he could've easily died.
The accident could've been avoided. The plank on which Salman was perched to make
his entry was weak during rehearsals. We had pointed this out to the relevant persons (whom I don't want to name). They changed the plank.
But it was not strong enough. `
The horror at watching the leading man of his directorial venture ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) plunge to the ground from a spiralling height
was aggravated by the fact that Remo and Prabhu Deva had to proceed with their act rather than rush to the hospital with Salman.
Recalling the catastrophic event Remo said, `Like they say, the show must go on. Prabhu Deva and I proceeded with our act even after the
accident. We could obviously not give the best of ourselves, as you will see when the show is telecast. Our heart was just not in it. `
Significantly Remo says Salman has gone through quite a number of near misses while dancing. `He is very accident-prone. He had
potentially serious accidents on the dance reality-shows Dance India Dance and Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa.
I was a judge, so I saw
Salman going through these near-misses. But this, on Sunday night, one was live on a stage where thousands of people were watching him.
Luckily he escaped. Nothing was broken. Salman is now home in Bangalore with his family, recovering. `
Remo hopes and prays the footage of Salman Yusuff Khan's plunge won't be telecast. `It's not something that can be considered a part of
entertainment by any stretch of the imagination, ` says Remo.