Ace Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 71 on Friday morning. Fondly called ‘Masterji’ by stars, Saroj directed over 2000 songs in her long career making them ever-memorable. She mostly collaborated with Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.
She was taken in a Mumbai Hospital where she took her last breath. Ms Khan was taken to Guru Nanak Hospital on June 20 after she complained of breathing problems. A few days ago, her family sources informed her that she was doing well and may get discharged soon. Today morning, Saroj Khan’s nephew Manish Jagwani told sources, “She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital.”
She is also known as “The Mother of Dance” who is the winner of three National Awards. Born in 1948, Saroj Khan started her career as a child artiste at the age of 3. Graduating as a back-up dancer in the 1950s, she worked with choreographer B Sohanlal.
Saroj Khan’s funeral was held on Friday morning. Her last movie as a choreographer was Karan Johar’s 2019 release ‘Kalank’. Madhuri Dixit, Amitabh Bachchn, Akshay Kumar, Kajol, Sibhash Ghai, Kareena Kapoor and several other personalities paid tributes on social media.
Saroj Khan started her career as a choreographer, back in 1974 with Geeta Mera Naam. But, her career touched new heights in the 80s and 90s while working with 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. Her signature moves in Hawa Hawai, Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma, Dola Re Dola, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga, Ye Ishq Haye and other numbers will always be remembered. Saroj Khan is survived by her husband Sohanlal, son Raju, and daughters Hina and Sukanya.