National Award winning Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, who had worked in a few Tamil films too, passed away in Mumbai today.
In a career spanning forty years, she choreographed nearly 2000 songs. Her most successful collaborations were with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.
Born as Nirmala Nagpal, Saroj Khan began her career by playing the young Shyama onscreen in Nazarana. She soon became a background dancer under the mentorship of dance director B. Sohanlal.
After assisting as a dance choreographer for a few years, her first independent work came in Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Saroj got noticed after she choreographed for Sridevi in Mr. India’s song “Hawa Hawai” (1987) and “Ek Dho Theen”.
She also choreographed “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, and “Tamma Tamma”.
Condoling Saroj’s death, Madhuri said, “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance. The world has lost an amazingly talented person. I will miss you?? My sincere condolences to the family.”
Saroj Khan is survived by three children namely – Hamid Khan, Hina Khan and Sukanya Khan. In a throwback interview, she had once said that she used to study in school those days, then one day his dance master Sohanlal tied a black thread around her neck and she got married.
Akshay Kumar tweeted: ‘Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace.’
Actor Niel Nitin Mukesh tweeted, ‘Really sad to hear that Saroj Khan ji is no more between us. Her Grace , her simplicity her iconic moves and her legacy are immortalised. My condolences with Raju sir, and entire family. #RipSarojKhan.’
Filmmaker-choreographer Remo D’Souza posted: “#RIP SAROJI YOU WILL BE MISSED …. big loss to dance fraternity.’