Saroj Khan, the popular Bollywood choreographer, was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Mumbai on June 17, is no more. Saroj Khan, 71, was admitted with breathing complains passed away due to cardiac arrest at 1.30 am early on July 3, 2020. Saroj Khan is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukyna Khan. Saroj Khan’s last rites were performed at Malad burial ground. Few members of her family were allowed at the burial owing to social distancing norms.
Saroj Khan was admitted in Bandra for breathing issues, and following her hospitalisation, a mandatory COVID-19 test was done, which turned out to be negative.
The three-time National Award winner has choreographed for some of the most memorable tracks, including Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, Ek Do Teen from Madhuri Dixit-starrer Tezaab and Ye Ishq Haaye from Jab We Met in 2007. Saroj Khan shot to fame in the late eighties, choreographing Sridevi superhits such as Main naagin tu sapera (Nagina) and Hawaa Hawaai (Mr India).
Although Khan started out in the early seventies, she really became a household name in the mid to late eighties, first directing some memorable dances for Sridevi and then Madhuri Dixit, the reigning superstars of the era. Khan started out choreographing with the 1974 film, “Geeta Mera Naam “. She directed songs for the Tamil film Thai Veedu in 1983, and also worked in Subhash Ghai’s superhit Hero the same year. It was the 1986 film, Nagina that made her a household name. Sridevi’s iconic dance Main naagin tu sapera in that film continues to be a popular number even today. Her choreography for Sridevi the next year in Mr India, particularly the song “Hawaa hawaai” then scaled popularity.
Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika last year and Tanu Weds Manu Returns in 2015. She last choreographed for Tabaah Hogaye, featuring Madhuri from filmmaker Karan Johar’s production Kalank in 2019.
Rest in peace, Saroj Khan! You’ll be truly missed.