Legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away
Jul 04 2020
Leading actresses including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular numbers for which Khan choreographed.
Dixit said she was "devastated by the loss of my friend and guru". She has been an iconic personality in the true sense of the term and has certainly redefined choreography in the Bollywood dance genre.
When Saroj Khan had made an appearance on the show, "Dance India Dance 7" as a guest, judge, Kareena Kapoor Khan had recalled why her "master ji" had scolded her once at 1 am. My heart feels heavy- but I promise.to. always. This year has been so disgusting. We are home quarantined, can't even go visit. All the deaths have been unexpected and really heartbreaking. "Big loss to dance fraternity".
Saroj Khan was a genius dancer who knew how to promote dance in film.
Again collaborating with Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai in the song, this song is remembered as one of the best of two leading ladies of Bollywood collaborating. Her unabashed passion towards dance direction was quite something. I was completely new, Mahesh wanted somebody who could act and somebody who was not known as a dancer. Thank you for the songs. With Geeta Mera Naam in 1974, she got her first break as an independent choreographer. She bid her heavenly abode at the age of 71, leaving everyone in shock and pain.
Nimrat Kaur: Saroj ji's name introduced the word "choreographer" to my life.
Saroj Khan was born as Nirmala Nagpal. Her expressions are just breathtaking. If my rehearsal timings were 4, I would reach by 3 there. "And that's her legacy for generations to come", adds Farah. Woh jo baatati thi na woh sone par suhaaga tha. "There'll never be another.#RIPSarojKhan #Legend #Masterji" she said.
Other standout dances she choreographed were for the songs Tu Mere Saamne (Darr, 1993), Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen (Baazigar, 1993), Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast and Tip Tip Barsa Pani from the 1994 film Mohra, Tere Rang Balle Balle (Soldier, 1998), Rang De (Thakshak, 1999), Radha Kaise Na Jale (Lagaan, 2001), Khaike Paan Banaras Waala (Don, 2006), and Gun Gun Guna (Agneepath, 2012). "So she was brilliant".
On June 20, Saroj Khan was admitted at Bandra's Gurunanak Hospital after she complained of breathlessness. The three-time National-Award winning choreographer's last rites would take place at Malvani in Malad later in the day. "Her adaa. I would tell the actors male and female, do 50 per cent of how she does a shot and you'll be a star". I started crying because of pride and because she thought so much of me. I believe Indian songs won't be the same anymore, her Kathak with Mahuri Dixit, the fun and romantic songs with Sridevi and Juhi Chawla, that era is gone. That song was my tribute to her. In 1975, she married businessman Sardar Roshan Khan and the couple was blessed with a daughter. "I loved that thing about Saroj Khan", she said.