Saroj Khan passes away: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar lead Bollywood in mourning ‘the genius who immortalised stars’
Bollywood actors paid tribute to choreographer, Saroj Khan, who died at the age of 71 on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital last month after complaining of breathing issues.
Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar were among the Bollywood stars who paid tribute to the ace dance director. Actor Akshay Kumar wrote, “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.”
Amitabh Bachchan wrote in Hindi, “Prayers .. haath judien hain, mann ashant.” Madhuri Dixit has tweeted, “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.”
Actor Taapsee Pannu wrote, “Atleast I had a chance to dance in your company. I am going to hold on to those memories tight.... real tight. we lose another star to the sky. Your songs will make every girl remember you for ever n ever.”
Actor Niel Nitin Mukesh wrote, “Really sad to hear that Saroj Khan ji is no more between us. Her Grace , her simplicity her iconic moves and her legacy are immortalised. My condolences with Raju sir, and entire family. #RipSarojKhan.” Sonu Sood wrote, “Saroji you will be missed #RIPSarojKhan.”
Director and choreographer Remo D’Souza shared a picture of him hugging her. “I had a close relationship with Sarojji. Usually most choreographers aren’t close but we were. I had dance under her and she danced in my film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013). Both of us choreographed the Kalank song- Tabaah ho gaye- together, which was her last song. We were constantly in touch and she would even come home often. More than a professional rapport, we had a personal connect. Workwise, I feel there was no one like her and never will be. No one can choreograph an Indian song like her. She had been choreographing for 40 years and whenever, when she choreographed a song, it became a hit. She changed the way Indian dances were used in cinema. With her dance moves in a song, heroines would “shine”, even today, people remember a number of dance performances in films by Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi. Heroines would look forward to being choreographed by her because they knew, if you were in a Saroj Khan song, it would be a hit,” he told Hindustan Times.
Actor Nimrat Kaur called her ‘the genius who immortalised stars’. “Saroj ji’s name introduced the word ‘choreographer’ to my life. A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work. May her loved ones find strength and courage at this terrible hour. There’ll never be another...#RIPSarojKhan #Legend #Masterji,” she wrote and shared multiple pictures of her from her career.
Actor Manisha Koirala wrote, “This is a sad news early in morning..since childhood I was trained in indian classical dance..it was she who taught me film dance once I joined films..(which I had zero knowlage of). A tough task master and a great one!! #RIPSarojKhan JI.”
Director Kunal Kohli called her his ‘beloved Master Ji’ and remembered their long-standing association. “#SarojKhan my beloved Masterji. #RIPSarojKhan From Music Videos to films we had a long journey together. Now you’ve left me & gone. I will do & make what we spoke about one day, my promise to you,” he wrote. “#SarojKhan #Masterji every song we did together whether Chui Mui Si Tum,Saanson ko saanson mein,Chand Sifarish,we argued,discussed. I’ll miss her presence. Her voice on the mike. Her Adaa. I would tell the actors Male & Female,do 50% of how she does a shot & you’ll be a star,” he added.
Saroj Khan was behind some of the most iconic Bollywood songs and films. Her best-known partnership is said to be with actor Madhuri Dixit, whom she choreographed in multiple songs such as Ek Do Teen and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga. On her birthday last year, Madhuri had written, “Happy birthday to one of my favorite people @sarojkhanofficial ji. Our journey together has been amazing and I will always be proud of the legacy you have created. You are my Guru and will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
The choreographer also won several awards for her work through the years. She won three National Awards for Devdas, Sringaram and Jab We Met and eight Filmfare Awards.
Saroj Khan is survived by her husband, son Hamid Khan and two daughters.
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