Legendary choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71


The ace choreographer Saroj Khan passed away early July 3rd in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest. She was 71. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra on June 17 due to breathing complaints.

Saroj Khan in her career spanning over 4 decades has choreographed over 2000 songs and was fondly known as ‘The Mother Of Dance/Choreography In India’. The ace choreographer was the recipient of the most National Film Awards for Best Choreography with three wins.

Her most successful collaborations were with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Born as Nirmala Nagpal, Saroj Khan began her career by playing the young Shyama onscreen in Nazarana. She soon became a background dancer under the mentorship of dance director B. Sohanlal. After assisting as a dance choreographer for a few years, her first independent work came in Geeta Mera Naam (1974). 

Saroj got noticed after she choreographed for Sridevi in Mr. India’s song “Hawa Hawai” (1987). She worked with Sridevi in films like Nagina and Chandni. 

This was followed by her long-term partnership with Madhuri Dixit in the 1990s in songs like “Ek Do Teen”, “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, and “Tamma Tamma”.

Saroj’s other popular films include Baazigar, Mohra, Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Taal, Veer-Zaara, Pardes, Soldier, Don, Saawariya, Lagaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Manikarnika among more. She has won awards for Devdas, Jab We Met, Guru, Khalnayak, Chaalbaaz and others. 

The choreographer has also judged dance reality shows like Nach Baliye, Ustaadon Ka Ustaad, Boogie Woogie and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Her last work was the song “Tabaah Ho Gaye” from Kalank (2019) which was filmed on Madhuri Dixit. -Koimoi