Saroj Khan, ace Bollywood choreographer, dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai
Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, who mentored generations of actors and was fondly known as “Masterji“, passed away early this morning.
Saroj Khan, who was admitted with breathing complaints died of cardiac arrest at 1.52 am early on Friday. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra last Saturday after she complained of breathing issues. The mandatory COVID-19 test done at the hospital showed a negative result.
Saroj Khan is survived by her husband, son and two daughters. Her burial took place in Mumbai.
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan is credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs, including Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, Ek Do Teen from Madhuri Dixit-starrer Tezaab and Ye Ishq Haaye from Jab We Met in 2007. Her most famous collaborations were with actors Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.
She last choreographed for Tabaah Hogaye, featuring Madhuri from filmmaker Karan Johar’s production Kalank in 2019.
Tributes for the veteran choreographer are pouring from Bollywood industry and fans on social media. Madhuri Dixit, took to twitter expressing her grief of losing her guru and a friend. Other Bollywood celebs like Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor; and ace choreographers from the industry including Farah Khan and Remo D’souza too expressed their grief on twitter.
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
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 3, 2020
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
— Remo D'souza (@remodsouza) 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
— Arjun Bijlani (@Thearjunbijlani) July 3, 2020
There never was, isn’t and never will be another Saroj Khan! Thank you for the gorgeous moments on celluloid! Blessed to have learnt dance from your assistants and then to have worked with you, your style, an institution in itself! A legacy that lives on!RIP
— Tusshar (@TusshKapoor) July 3, 2020
Bollywood Song choreography has lost its sheen today.Sarojji grace dignity expression & style in ur songs made so many leading ladies look like goddess on screen while dancing.We will miss u for ur great contribution and devotion to Indian cinema. RIP Masterji🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/RIF2pq5NAQ
— satish kaushik (@satishkaushik2) July 3, 2020