(Manisha Mahar, Intern Journalist); Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan has died at Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai last night. She was admitted with a breath complaint on June 17, has died of cardiac arrest at 1.52 am today. Choreographer Saroj Khan was suffering from severe diabetes and related illness. Her coronavirus test reports were negative. She passes away at 71 years old.
Saroj Ji has left a generation of choreographers behind her, taking the dance tradition to new heights in Hindi cinema, which will never forget her favor. She became someone’s inspiration, while someone worked with her and achieved dance training.
Ganesh Acharya wrote a tribute to Saroj Khan – “May you rest in peace Saroj Ji. You will always be present in our hearts. I feel immense sorrow while writing this down because we have lost one of the greatest legends”
Saroj Khan has a special contribution to Remo D’Souza’s career. Remo wrote on Instagram – “Got up with a huge pain in my heart ….. on hearing about your demise, you were an institution in yourself, the biggest loss to our dance fraternity…. was fortunate to dance under you, dance with you, choreograph you and choreograph with you and direct you …. will never forget the love and the passion with which u would choreograph each song the passion in your eyes was like never seen before …. thank you for teaching me so much …. you will always be remembered and always in our hearts …..Saroj in…. my condolences to the entire family ….. RIP mam”
Ahmed Khan, remembering Saroj, wrote- ” My Teacher who held my finger on the path of Choreography when I was 16… END of an ERA & A true LEGEND”
Saroj Khan started working as a background dancer at the age of three, and got her first break as an independent choreographer in 1974 with ‘Geeta Mera Naam’. She was a three-time National Award winner. And has been credited with choreographing 2000 songs, including several iconic dance numbers. These include Mr. India’s Hawa Hawaii (1987), Tezaab Se Ek Do Teen (1988), Son Dhak-Dhak Lagaane (1992), and Dola Re Dola from Devdas (2002). She last choreographed Madhuri Dixit in Karan Johar’s production Kalank Taabh Ho Gayi in 2019.