One of the most well known dance choreographers of Bollywood, Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances in films starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.
Some of her most popular songs include
Ek do teen from Tezaab
Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnaayak
Dhakdhak karne laga from Beta
Here are some of the condolences sent by celebrities
Akshay Kumar: Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji 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
Shankar Mahadevan: Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace
Shruti Seth: Another inimitable talent gone. The film industry is poorer without you. Like so many others I have watched songs you choreographed & tried my best to match steps on numerous occasions I’m grateful I was able to finally dance to your tune in #Fanaa RIP Masterji
Daler Mehndi: If a song had a body, it could be carved only by Saroj Khan ji. She made it come alive. Sad to know of her demise. Condolences to her family, fans and students
Amitabh Bachchan: She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody ..
.. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing ..
.. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and ..
.. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ ..
.. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement ..
Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance ..
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