The year 2020 has been one of the worst times for the Bollywood industry as we witness the sudden deaths of some of our legendary actors including Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Wajid Khan, and Sushant Singh Rajput. As fans were already struggling to come in terms with the tragic demise of 34-year old actor, Sushant Singh Rajput due to suicide, On 3 July, the legendary choreographer of the film fraternity, Saroj Khan too passed away due to cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital.
The legendary masterji has trained several Bollywood celebrities in her career span of over four decades in the Bollywood industry, choreographing over 2000 songs in her entire. In fact, her last work was with her favourite student, Madhuri Dixit Nene for the song ‘Tabha Ho Gaye’ from Abhishek Verman’s ‘Kalank.’
Saroj Khan and Madhuri Dixit’s first collaboration was seen in Subash Ghai’s ‘Uttar Dakshin. Some of their popular dance numbers are’ ‘Choli Ke Peeche,’ ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga,’ ‘Maar Daala,’ ‘Tamma Tamma Loge’ and ‘Ek Do Teen’ among others.
On hearing the sad news of the dance icon’s death, Madhuri 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.”
I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me re… https://t.co/25m31uWi5Y
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) 1593748780000
Talking about work experience with Saroj Khan, Madhuri Dixit once told ANI, “Saroj ji is one of the Choreographers I have collaborated with who goes beyond the surface of lyrics of a song when she choreographs. In cinema, we tend to create steps keeping the camera angle in mind. But Saroj ji, doesn’t limit the dance in physical movements. She finds a spiritual aspect and works on expressions. She knows how to make a woman look graceful and beautiful through a dance. Perhaps that is why every song we did together, holds a recall value even today.”