Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71

Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71

Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71

She had also drawn massive flak for defending the casting couch system stating the exploitative practice at least provides livelihood in return. She tested negative for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Khan is survived by her husband and three children. "I will do and make what we spoke about one day, my promise to you", tweeted filmmaker Kunal Kohli.

"Her movements were magic and her face could express so many handsome emotions. there's no one like her. Saroj ji has left her mark and will be remembered forever".

"Saddened to hear about the demise of legendary choreographer Saroj Khan ji". Upon hearing that, he said, "Now, you will work with me". This loss is immeasurable for the industry & film lovers.Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot. I could tell her everything about the narrative and there was nothing she objected to, and she took the course of the narrative into the song. Her voice on the mike. She in return told me Kashmera because it is you I have made it hard because nobody else would be able to pull it off.

He recalled how the iconic star used to stand up for the rights of people. So she was a very humble person though she will always be a legend. Dance and expression can never be the same for us actors and for everyone who loved her. Love you master ji. Bought biryani on every song and fed the whole crew so lovingly.

Director-choreographer Farah Khan wrote, "You were an inspiration to many, myself included". Saroj Khan revealed in an interview that she and Madhuri danced together on the steps of Tabaah. Khan, who was fondly known as "Masterji" in the Hindi film industry, had worked in over 2,000 songs.

However, she was recognized only after 1985 when she directed late actress Sridevi in songs like Hawa Hawai (Mr. India), Main Naagin Tu Sapera (Nagina), and Mere Haathon Me Nau Nau Choodiya (Chandni).

Saroj Khan was born as Nirmala Nagpal. Honest to her craft, perhaps she failed at playing her cards with the slyness this unforgiving fast-paced industry demands. She also won the American Choreography Award twice, for her work in "Hum Dil Che Chuke Sanam", and the Oscar-nominated "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India". "It was a five-day shoot, where I truly relished the chemistry between Saroj ji and Madhuri (Dixit) ji".

She would go on to be involved in the choreography of more than 300 films over the course of her decades-long career, including 2003's Devdas, 2006's Sringaram and 2008's Jad We Met, all of which she won the best choreography National Film Awards for.

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