Saroj Khan, a legendary Bollywood choreographer, died on 3 July of cardiac arrest. The news of Saroj Khan’s death comes after the 71-year-old was admitted to a Mumbai hospital in June with breathing difficulties.
Saroj Khan undoubtedly changed the face of Bollywood dancing. She tapped talents of actresses like Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi who became extremely popular for their dancing abilities. With catchy steps, strong expressions and a bit of sensuality, Saroj Khan always brought out the best in her actresses.
‘Masterji’, as she was called, dominated the choreography scene in the 80’s and 90’s. With songs like Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma Loge, Choli Pe Peeche Kya, Saroj Khan became the unparalleled queen of dance.
Her last work was Tabaah Hogaye from Kalank, in which she worked with her longtime muse Madhuri Dixit.
Bollywood woke up to the sad news of Saroj Khan’s death and tributes have been pouring in endlessly.
Madhuri Dixit, an unmissable name when it comes to Saroj Khan’s journey, took to Twitter and wrote, “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”
“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,” wrote Akshay Kumar.
Contemporary choreographer Farah Khan also mourned the loss of her idol and said “Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the songs #SarojKhan”
Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a throwback picture with Saroj Khan from the sets of Jab We Met and wrote, “That’s what she taught me… to enjoy dancing, smile and smile through the eyes.
There can never be another..”
Saroj Khan’s death brings an end to a beautiful and unforgettable era in Bollywood. She did not only push her actresses to perfection but also reignited the love and passion for dance in every home. Her timeless choreographies will be cherished forever. A legend, indeed.