Tributes pour in as legendary choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71
Saroj, who had worked closely with Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on their hit songs, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai today
The Indian film industry is mourning the demise of veteran choreographer Saroj Khan. Saroj died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai today. She was 71.
She was admitted to the ICU at Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra on June 20 after she complained of breathing issues. She is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukaina Khan. Her last rites were performed at Malvani in Malad today.
Born Nirmala Nagpal in 1948, Saroj started her career as a child artist and background dancer. Over four decades, she choreographed more than 2000 Bollywood songs. Her notable films include Geetaa Mera Naam, Mr. India, Nagina, Chandni, Tezaab, Baazigar, Lagaan, Devdas, and Jab We Met. She had worked closely with Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on their hit songs. For her work, Saroj was awarded the National Film Award thrice. In 2019, she choreographed Madhuri Dixit for Tabah Ho Gaye in Kalank.
Here’s how the film industry paid tribute to the bygone legend:
R.I.P Saroj Khan Ma'am Your legacy lives on Condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/WlM088LYyj— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) July 3, 2020
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— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 3, 2020
Atleast I had a chance to dance in your company. I am going to hold on to those memories tight.... real tight.— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 3, 2020
we lose another star to the sky. Your songs will make every girl remember you for ever n ever. https://t.co/QWiG0FaP6j
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. #RIPSarojji— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 3, 2020
A LEGEND has left us Can’t forget the moment I first met you when you came to choreograph”Kitaabe” and I burst out crying when I met you first (I was a huge fan of your work)I couldn’t believe you were actually… https://t.co/d3CeDkk7Lx— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) July 3, 2020
My first ever song was choreographed by Saroj ji. And then so many more. You taught me so much. I will miss you, Saroj ji. May you rest in peace.— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 3, 2020
I remember #SarojKhanji calling me after the very first stage performance of my career, to compliment me and welcome me to the industry. For an industry outsider, it was one of my greatest highs to be acknowledged by her! She was like no other!! Rest in peace Masterji .— Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) July 3, 2020
RIP ... #SarojKhan ma’am ... you paved the way and we’re a force to reckon with ... our industry lost another legend today... my condolences to the family— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) July 3, 2020
When I think of dance, grace, sensuality, the ability to make a song come alive simply with facial expressions, only one name comes to mind..Some of the most epic songs in Hindi films would not be what they are without her choreography. A huge loss. RIP Masterji #SarojKhan pic.twitter.com/ERDfQWVD3o— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) July 3, 2020
Rest in Peace Saroj Khan ji. This loss is immeasurable for the industry & film lovers.Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot. I had the pleasure of being Choerographed by her in Aladin. One tick off my bucketlist— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 3, 2020
डान्स की मल्लिका #सरोजखान जी अलविदा।आपने कलाकारों को ही नहीं बल्कि पूरे हिन्दुस्तान को बहुत ख़ूबसूरती से सिखाया कि “इन्सान शरीर से नहीं, दिल और आत्मा से नाचता है”।आपके जाने से नृत्य की एक लय डगमगा जाएगी। मैं पर्सनली ना सिर्फ़ आपको बल्कि आपकी मीठी डांट को भी बहुत मिस करूँगा।— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 3, 2020
You rest .. you rest well .. you rise .. you realise the hours .. you seek the elixir .. you devour .. you get to connect .. … and .. .. you be informed in this communicative world .. Saroj Khan has died .. .. and an entire history of time races before you in the cerebrum .. She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody .. .. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing .. .. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and .. .. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ .. .. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement .. Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away ..
AN ERA HAS GONE— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) July 3, 2020
absolutely my personal loss.
an integral part of our Mukta arts family-my strong partner in grooming stars like Madhuri Meenaxi Manisha n ashwarya
Master of masters
Saroj Khan will live in history of choreography of Indian cinema indeed.
Bye JAAN. RIP pic.twitter.com/iZcN3EBMh7
You will be terribly missed master ji!! Was really fortunate to have worked with this legend long back..Thank you for all the wonderful songs you choreographed! #RIPSarojKhan pic.twitter.com/z9uAQJOhX6— Priyamani Raj (@priyamani6) July 3, 2020
#RIPSarojKhan , the legendary choreographer worked for two films with @Gunasekhar1, and the iconic ‘Oh Maria ..Oh Maria’ song from #ChoodalaniVundi starring @KChiruTweets Sir and #Soundaryagaru was by her. Rest in peace ma’am, you’re fondly remembered and greatly celebrated pic.twitter.com/BO8DvwEAxf— Gunaa Teamworks (@GunaaTeamworks) July 3, 2020
Saddened to hear about the demise of ace choreographer #SarojKhan... Her timeless classics will continue to inspire generations to come. The end of an era... Heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones. RIP Saroj Khan.— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) July 3, 2020
My first genuine teacher in the film industry. She taught me for hours how to do the ‘dip’ for film dancing. One of the most caring, loving & inspiring persona i have ever met. Will miss you Sarojji. May Allah bless her soul. Thank u for looking after me.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 3, 2020