T-Series to produce biopic on legendary choreographer Saroj Khan
Saroj Khan passed away in 2020 following an illustrious five-decade career
T-Series has acquired the rights to a biopic on legendary choreographer Saroj Khan, who passed away last year.
Saroj Khan was born Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Nagpal. She entered films when she was three to become a dancer at 10 and soon became an assistant choreographer at the age of 12.
As Bollywood’s first female choreographer, Saroj Khan was among the few women technicians in the industry in her time. She choreographed around 3500 songs in her career, delivering several dance hits like ‘Ek Do Teen’, ‘Choli Ke Peechey Kya Hai’, ‘Hawa Hawai’, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ to songs in films like Devdas, Lamhe, Nagina, Kalank, Chandni, Saawariya, Taal, Beta, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and others. The 3-time National Award-winner was known for her collaboration with Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi, as well as many newcomers.
Producer Bhushan Kumar acquired the rights to Saroj Khan's life story from her children Raju Khan, Sukaina Khan and daughters of Hina Khan.
Bhushan says, “Sarojji not only mesmerized the audiences with actors performing her dance moves, but she also revolutionized the choreography scene in Hindi cinema. Her dance forms told stories which helped every filmmaker... I remember visiting film sets with my father and seeing her bring life to the songs with her choreography. Her dedication towards the art was commendable. I am glad Sukaina & Raju agreed to let us make this biopic of her mother.”
Raju Khan, who is a choreographer himself, says, “My mother loved dancing and we all saw how she dedicated her life towards that. I am glad I followed in her footsteps. My mother was loved and respected by the industry and it is an honour of us, her family, that the world can see her story. I am glad Bhushanji has decided to make a biopic on the graceful Saroj Khan.”
The team will announce further developments soon.