Ace choreographer Saroj Khan passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 71. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai in the last month for trouble in breathing.
Her nephew Manish Jagwani confirmed this sad news. He told to PTI, “She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2:30 am at the hospital.”
She was tested negative for Covid-19. Her last rite took place on Friday morning in Malad, Mumbai.
Saroj Khan was adoringly called ‘Masterji’ by her students all over the world. She choreographed over 2000 songs in her career span of 40 years. Her most famous and fortunate collaborations were with Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.
Saroj Khan started her career as a child artist at the age of three. She portrayed as the young Shyama in Nazarana and soon became a background dancer under the guidance of famous dance director of that time B. Sohanlal.
After assisting as a dance choreographer for a few films, she got her first break as an independent choreographer in Geeta Mera Naam in 1974.
“Masterji” came in limelight after choreographing Sridevi for the song “Hawa Hawai”.
She collaborated with Sridevi in films like Nagina and Chandni. After that her long-term relationship with Madhuri Dixit in several works like “Ek Do Teen”, “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, “Tamma Tamma”. Her last work with Madhuri Dixit was the song “Tabaah Ho Gaye” from Kalank in 2019.
Baazigar, Mohra, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Taal, Pardes, Saawarariya, Lagaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Manikarnika and many more are considered to be Masterji’s most other eminent work. She will always in reminisce through her work in our soul.