Acclaimed Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has passed away reportedly from Cardiac Arrest.
Saroj ji was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Mumbai on June 17 with breathing complaints.
As per media reports, the legendary choreographer had severe diabetes and related illness but had tested negative for coronavirus. She was aged 72.
Khan is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina and Sukyna Khan.
The dance virtuoso who began working as a background dancer at the age of three before she got her first break as an independent choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam in 1974.
The three-time National Award winner has been credited with choreographing over 2000 songs, including iconic numbers such as Hawa Hawai from Mr India (1987), Ek Do Teen from Tezaab (1988), Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta (1992) and Dola Re Dola from Devdas (2002).
She was also a prominent judge on reality shows like Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and hosting her own show Nachle Ve With Saroj Khan.
Overall, she was a pioneer in presenting nuanced and yet elegant choreography in Hindi Cinema. Her simplicity of steps and vision for expressions.
Often, her moves would narrate the story and was a trendsetter.
Many successful choreographers in Bollywood (like Remo D’Souza and Ahmed Khan, to name a few) began their careers under Saroj ji’s wing.
In fact, her camaraderie and frequent collaborations with Madhuri Dixit will also be noted in history.
Her demise painful loss for the industry and her contributions must always be commemorated.
May Saroj Khan’s soul Rest In Peace.