Ace Choreographer Saroj Khan Passes Away At 71 Following Cardiac Arrest

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan passed away in Mumbai on Friday following cardiac arrest. She was 71.

She is survived by her husband B Sohanlal and three kids. Her last rites will be performed at Malvani in Malad today.

Khan was diabetic and had complained of breathing problem last month, following which she was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital.

Over the past few weeks, she had been experiencing multiple health issues, though she had tested negative for Covid-19. She breathed her last at around 1.30 a.m., family sources said.

In a career over four decades, Saroj was credited with choreographing more than 2000 songs. She joined the Indian Film Industry as a child artiste, playing the younger Shyama in Nazarana. She eventually became a background dancer in 1950s films.

Khan started out choreographing with the 1974 film, “Geeta Mera Naam “. She directed songs for the Tamil film “Thai Veedu” in 1983 and also worked in Subhash Ghai’s superhit “Hero” the same year.

It was the 1986 film, “Nagina” that made her a household name. Sridevi’s iconic dance “Main naagin tu sapera” in that film continues to be a popular number even today.

Her choreography for Sridevi the next year in “Mr India”, particularly the song “Hawaa hawaai” then scaled popularity.

Khan has also given Madhuri Dixit some of her most iconic hits including “Ek do teen” (“Tezaab”), and “Dhak dhak” (“Beta”) among numerous others.

Lately, Khan has been selective with signing new projects. Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in “Manikarnika” last year and “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” in 2015.

She last choreographed for “Tabaah Ho Gaye” picturised on Madhuri Dixit from Karan Johar’s production Kalank in 2019.

The legendary dancer was a recipient of three National Awards for films like Devdas, Jab We Met and Sringaram(Tamil). She also won Filmfare Awards for movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Guru, Khalnayak, and Chalbaaz.

 

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