National award-winning choreographer legendary Saroj Khan passed away early this morning at the age of 71. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital on 17th June in Bandra as she had difficulty in breathing. The COVID-19 test is also done at the hospital which was found negative. As her nephew, Manish Jagwani said that ‘She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2:30 am at the hospital.’ Her last rite was performed on Friday morning at Malwani in Malad, Mumbai.
Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan choreographed some of the most memorable songs in the Hindi cinema. Saroj Khan won three National Awards for best choreography for her work in Devdas, Jab We Met, and Tamil film Shringaram. Saroj Khan is fondly called ‘Masterji’ by stars that she choreographed.
In a career spanning over four decades and was credited for choreographing such iconic songs which include Dhak Dhak Karne Laga (1992) from Beta, Ek Do Teen (1988) from Tezab, Hawa Hawai(1987) from Mr. India and many more. A majority song from Madhuri Dixit’s movie was choreographed by Saroj Khan. Saroj’s lasting legacy will always be one in which she can use his dancer’s facial expressions which create trendy fast-paced songs.
The era of Bollywood dancing traditions has come to end as with Saroj Khan’s Death. Saroj Khan was born in Mumbai in 1948. She began her career as a child as a background dancer in 1950. She learned to dance from the well-known dance master B-Sohanlal. Her first break was in 1974 as an independent choreographer with Geet Mera Naam. Bollywood Dance Guru Saroj Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs. She last choreographed for Tabah Ho Gaye by featuring Madhuri Dixit from the movie Kalank in 2019.
Choreographer Remo D’sSouza attended Saroj Khan’s last rites on today morning and he also said that A big loss for the dance fraternity. For most of our dancers, including me, she was the inspiration to become a choreographer, actually. A prayer meeting in the memory of Ace Choreographer Saroj Khan will be held next week