Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71

Carla Harmon
July 3, 2020

Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, passed away due to a cardiac arrest on Friday at a city hospital.

The 71-year-old three-time National Award victor, who had choreographed some of the most memorable songs in Hindi cinema, was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra last Saturday after she complained of breathing issues. Yes she is in the Hospital as she complained of breathlessness so we got anxious and wanted to be sure of Covid-19 so got her tested and it is negative.

Khan had an illustrious career that stretched four decades, and choreographed some of Bollywood's most iconic and popular songs. A judge on various TV reality shows, she last worked on Kalank and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019.

Reacting to the solemn news, actor Akshay Kumar tweeted, "She made dance look easy nearly like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry". She became an assistant choreographer and her first break as an independent choreographer came with Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Kumar wrote, "Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer Saroj Khan ji is no more. May her soul rest in peace", Akshay tweeted. The last rites of Saroj Khan will be performed at Malvin Malad, Mumbai later today. RIP Saroj Khan From music videos to films, we had a long journey together. She is survived by her husband B Sohanlal, son Raju Khan and daughter Sukaina Khan. She started her career in the film industry as a child artiste at the age of three and later started working as a background dancer. She choreographed Sridevi in films such as “Nagina” and “Chandni”.

Saroj Khan received the National Award for Best Choreography, three times for Devdas (2003), Sringaram (2006) and Jab We Met (2008). Saroj had also choreographed Madhuri's iconic song like "Ek Do Teen" and "Tamma Tamma", both which have a recreated version in today's time.

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