Award-winning Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 72 in Mumbai

Award-winning Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 72 in Mumbai

"Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan is no more", added actor Akshay Kumar, who worked alongside her on several productions.

Khan, a three-time National Award victor, was not keeping well for some time.

Born in 1948 to parents who migrated from Pakistan during the Partition, Khan started her career as a child artiste at the age of three, and later became a "background dancer", shadowing the moves of lead actors.

Since the mid-2000s, and through the following decade, Khan divided her time between appearing in television competitive dance shows and choreographing films.

"Lucky were the ones who got to learn adayaki; a few steps from you, a attractive teacher, creator, human, You ll live in our hearts forever. I hope and pray more choreographers bring the "Indianness" back to film songs but Sarojji was the epitome of this, be it 'Dola Re Dola' or 'Nimbooda'". She became an assistant choreographer and her first break as an independent choreographer came with Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Innallillaahee wainna ilayhi raajeeoon! ❤️??! "Thank u for looking after me", Shah Rukh Khan further said. The meaning of the words meant a lot to her, and she ensured the dancer connected with the soul of the song when performing.

Rashami Desai wrote, "She was the "Mother of choreography in india" Our Guru ji!" The two people who inspired me to join film choreography were my grandfather and Saroj ji.

I've had the fortune of working with veterans since I was too little to know what "nervousness" meant. You were an inspiration to many, myself included.

Saroj Khan, popularly called Masterji (the teacher), got her first big hit in 1987 with the iconic Hawa Hawai song from Mr India. She was the talent behind dancing divas like Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai and others.

"I used to study in school those days, then one day my dance master Sohanlal tied a black thread around my neck and I got married."
"Saroj ji was an inspiration to many, including me". I could tell her everything about the narrative and there was nothing she objected to, and she took the course of the narrative into the song. You didn't just change it. you CREATED #Bollywood. Your grace and contribution to Indian cinema shall always be remembered. I don't feel like watching or reading anything in the morning.

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