It's a sad day for Bollywood as the Master of Dance and Choreography, Saroj Khan passed away due to a cardiac arrest on 3rd July 2020. Saroj Khan was recognized for her Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema at the IIFA Awards 2019. She is also the recipient of 3 National Awards.
In a career span of over 45 years as a choreographer in Hindi cinema, Saroj Khan choreographed over 2000 songs. She was rightly referred to as ‘The Mother of Choreography in India’. She is responsible for many of Bollywood’s most popular dance numbers and hook steps in the last five decades which have become all the rage in this Bollywood-driven country.
Sarojji’s most successful collaborations were with late Sridevi and her protégé Madhuri Dixit Nene. Her collaborations with the Late Srideviji resulted in the huge success of songs such as Hawa Hawai from Mr. India, Nagina, Chandni.
With Madhuri, Sarojji created magic on screen with songs that picked up some serious heat such as Ek Do Teen in Tezaab, Tamma Tamma Loge in Thanedaar, and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga in Beta. She also choreographed Dola Re Dola and Maar Dala from Devdas which were highly appreciated for their choreography and Madhuri’s graceful performance.
Sarojji’s other popular work also includes the songs in Lagaan, Yeh Ishq Hai from Jab We Met, Guru, Saathiya, Hum Dil De Chukein Sanam, Taal, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
We just cannot imagine what Indian cinema would be without Saroj Khan’s immense contributions. The special act at IIFA Awards 2019 by her protégé, Madhuri Dixit Nene was a way to celebrate the Mother of Choreography of Indian- her efforts, contributions and her gift of dance that has become such a huge part of Indian cinema.
You will live forever in our hearts, Sarojji!