The National award-winner died of cardiac arrest in Guru Nanak Hospital, Mumbai, early this morning.
Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 71
Mumbai - 03 Jul 2020 11:30 IST
Updated : 18:35 IST
Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan died early today of a cardiac arrest in the intensive care unit of Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai.
The 71-year-old had been admitted in hospital on 20 June with breathlessness, and had tested negative for COVID-19.
Born Nirmala Nagpal on 22 November 1948, Saroj Khan began her career in the 1950s as a background dancer and later became an assistant choreographer. She got her chance to be an independent choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam (1974).
Khan is known for her work on films like Hero (1983), Mr India (1987), Chandni (1989), Beta (1992), Mohra (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Taal (1999), Lagaan (2001), Don (2006), Saawariya (2007), Agneepath (2012) and Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi (2019).
Fondly called ‘Masterji’, the veteran had hit collaborations with stars like Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit Nene. The three-time National award-winner had a long career spanning nearly five decades, with over 2,000 songs to her credit as choreographer.
Saroj Khan became the first recipient of Filmfare's award for Best Choreography with 'Ek Do Teen' from Tezaab (1988) which made Madhuri Dixit a household name. She also worked with the actress for her last number in a film, 'Tabaah Ho Gaye' from Kalank (2019).
Khan’s last rites will be performed at Malvani in Malad, Mumbai, today.
The Hindi film industry, which has already seen much loss this year, remembered the veteran with their tributes.
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
Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the songs🙏🏻 #SarojKhan— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 3, 2020
2020 please don’t give any more bad news . So sad to hear about #SarojKhan ma’am . Always dreamt of doing atleast one song Choreographed by her. Your grace and contribution to indian cinema shall always be remembered. May your soul RIP. Strength to the family ❤️— Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) July 3, 2020
Such sad news. Her contribution to Hindi films has been enormous. I had the pleasure of working with Sarojji just once, for a Spanish film. She showered me with so much love that I can never forget her warmth and grace. And what a teacher she was! 🙏🙏 #SarojKhan pic.twitter.com/9h97XwDga6— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) July 3, 2020