Vetran choreographer Saroj Khan passes away due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai
Mumbai: July 03, 2020, Saroj Khan, a celebrated Indian choreographer behind some of Bollywood's biggest productions, has died aged 71. Khan choreographed hundreds of musical numbers during a career that spanned four decades, with some of India's biggest stars dancing to her direction. She died from a cardiac arrest at Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai on Friday, Narendra Sharma (one of her doctors). Khan had been suffering from diabetes and was undergoing dialysis, Sharma said. He said she was battling an infection, which eventually led to cardiac arrest. Saroj Khan had been tested twice for Covid-19 but both tests were negative, Sharma added.
She also became known as a mentor to some of Bollywood's most famous & leading Actors and choreographers. She worked alongside late performer Sridevi in several titles, including "Mr. India," " Chandni" and "Lamhe," and choreographed Bollywood veteran Madhuri Dixit in dozens more.
Madhuri Dixit was among the stars to pay tribute to Khan on Friday, writing:
"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."
Actor Akshay Kumar, who worked alongside her on several productions also added:
"Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan 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."
"Every time I got to know you would be choreographing the song I stepped up an extra notch," said singer Shreya Ghoshal. "You brought nuances, expressions, grace on screen with your heroines. The end of an era."
Saroj Khan choreographed hundreds of musical numbers during a career that spanned four decades, with some of India's biggest stars dancing to her direction.
Some the Hit songs she choreographed for including "Dola Re Dola" from the movie "Devdas,"
and "Yeh Ishq Haye" from the 2007 comedy "Jab We Met ".
The #bandhus at Media Mahima thanks you for giving us some wonderful dance choreographies, you will forever live in our thoughts, May your soul rest in peace, Saroj Khanji.