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Fondly called ‘Masterji’, Saroj Khan was one of the most prominent and leading Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. The three-time National Award winner she directed over 2000 songs in her long and storied career. Her most famous collaborations were with actors Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.
Born in 1948, Saroj Khan started her career as a child artist at the age of 3. Graduating to a back-up dancer in the 1950s, she worked with choreographer B Sohanlal. She started working as a choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam (1974), but had to wait for years to receive acclaim. Her signature moves in Hawa Hawai song gave legendary actor Sridevi the moniker of Hawa Hawai girl. In a long illustrous career of four decades, she worked with leading ladies of Bollywood including Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.
Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986), Chandni (1989), Tezaab (1988), and Thanedaar (1990) had some of the memorable songs choreographed by her. She collaborated with Madhuri again in Kalank (2018). She choreographed some of the most popular Bollywood tracks such as Ek Do Teen featuring Madhuri Dixit from Tezaab, Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, Ye Ishq Haaye featuring Kareena Kapoor from the 2007 film Jab We Met among many others. She will be ever remembered for the signature moves in Hawa Hawai, Chandni, Tama Tamma, Ye Ishq Haaye, Ek Do Teen, Dola Re Dola and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga. She also worked on TV as a reality show judge between 2005-2010.
Illness and Death
Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 71 on 3rd July 2020. Tributes poured in for the ace choreographer.
Akshay Kumar: 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 🙏🏻
Riteish Deshmukh: 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
Nimrat Kaur: Saroj ji’s name introduced the word ‘choreographer’ to my life. A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work. May her loved ones find strength and courage at this terrible hour. There’ll never be another...#RIPSarojKhan #Legend #Masterji
ANIL DESHMUKH: Saddened to hear of ace choreographer & three times national awardee Saroj Khan's demise at 72. Many of the 2000+ iconic songs she choreographed have a permanent place in audiences' hearts. Deepest condolences to her family, friends, colleagues & fans!
She last choreographed for Tabaah Hogaye, for the movie Kalank in 2019. Saroj Khan is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.
(FAN OF Shrimati SAROJ KHAN)
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