Bollywood Mourns The Death Of "Masterji" Saroj Khan

She may have choreographed Sridevi to great success in Mr. India a few years earlier, but it was this iconic number from the N. Chandra film that marked Saroj Khan's breakthrough in Bollywood and thrust Madhuri Dixit firmly into the spotlight.

In the 1950s, she became a back-up dancer, appearing in films like Bimal Roy's Madhumati, where she was choreographed by dance director B Sohanlal, whom she later married.

With a career of more than 40 years, the National Award victor choreographed almost 2000 songs. "Saroj ji was many things to many people", she further said. "He immediately promised her work and she was training some of his protégées", revealed a source, adding that after she was admitted to the hospital on June 20, his NGO took charge. "I was born in India". I had the pleasure of being Choerographed by her in Aladin. So it's been a long journey with her.

On Friday morning, Madhuri Dixit had tweeted to express how "devastated" she feels at the loss of her "friend and guru" Saroj Khan.

"We buried her at around 7 am. Ho jayega". She never had a no for any problem and didn't disappoint anyone saying, "Main nahi kar sakti". "It was my dream as a student, and that got fulfilled".

Saroj Khan was laid to rest at Malad Marve Kabrastan. In an interview a year ago, the Dola re Dola choreographer confessed that Bollywood had stopped giving her work. She loved me being around her since I'm the youngest. She was in a lot of pain, but she would lie down on the floor and give instructions.

Jannat mentioned that she was glad to have worked with her. "Thank u for looking after me". Until then, the profession was dominated by male choreographers but she fought her way in, and became a force to reckon with.

Her professional work was the gold standard for all film choreographers. She paved the way, and hopefully, we will continue the legacy. This was perhaps most evident in this Chandni song where one couldn't take one's eyes off Sridevi's luminous face peeking out from behind her bangle-laden hands as she went Mere haathon mein nau nau chudiyan hain. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance.

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Ganesh Hegde recalls how he missed a chance at being Saroj Khan's student.

"When she danced it was like watching a whole book!" At that point, I was working with someone else but told her if I ever move out, I would definitely join her.

She later shifted to choreography and got her break in 1974 in the film Geeta Mera Naam.

But he continued to learn, on his own, from the seasoned choreographer that Saroj Khan was.

She was an Iron lady who was not afraid to call a spade a spade! Saroj also had ties in Pakistan. "She ensured that her heroines looked like goddesses and larger-than-life onscreen unlike today's heroines, who are presented as teenyboppers". It was in the 1980s and 1990s that she became a household name across India for her collaborations with Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.

She appeared as a judge on some of the most popular reality TV dance shows and can be largely credited for the popularity of Bollywood-style of dancing in the West too. Knowing Saroj ji is knowing Bollywood.

At the age of 13, she ended up marrying the choreographer, who was 30 years older than her. She was shooting on another floor, and had visited the sets to see who Bosco-Ceaser are. The popularity of Ek do teen actually spurred the introduction of the choreography category in many a Bollywood award function.

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