Saroj Khan was one of the most celebrated choreographers in Indian cinema. She was a legend who gave Bollywood several unforgettable hook steps which have gone down in history. Even the coming generations will be dancing on those songs choreographer by her as she changed the face of Bollywood dancing. In her career spanning of four decades, Saroj Khan has worked with several actors of the Indian cinema. During her tenure as a choreographer, she has won several accolades too.
Saroj Khan was a recipient of three National Awards in Best Choreography category. She won it for ‘Dola Re Dola‘ from Devdas in 2002. Then she won it for all the songs from 2006 Tamil movie Sringaram which also marked Aditi Rao Hydari’s debut in the language. The last National Award she won was for ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye‘ song from 2008 film Jab We Met and the track was picturised mainly on Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Saroj Khan has been bestowed with several Filmfare Awards too for the movies – Tezaab (1989), Chaalbaaz (1990), ‘Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar‘ song from Sailaab (1991), Beta (1993), Khalnayak (1994), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000), Devdas (2003) and Guru (2008).
In the year 1998, Khan was also given Nandi Awards for choreographing a song from Choodalani Vundi starring Chiranjeevi, Soundarya, Prakash Raj and Anjala Zaveri in the lead roles.
Whereas in 2002, she won American Choreography Award in Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film for Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.
Saroj Khan has been buried in Malad’s Malvani qabrastan at 7 am. The veteran choreographer died after cradiac arrest on July 3, 2020 around 2 am. Her nephew Manish Jagwani confirmed to PTI. Saroj Khan’s daughter, on the other hand, informed that her prayer meeting would take place three days later.
“We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meeting will be held after three days,” Saroj Khan’s daughter Sukaina Khan told PTI. The veteran choreographer was receiving treatment in Bandra’s Guru Nanak hospital. She was admitted there after complaining of breathing problems.
Saroj Khan was admitted to the hospital on June 20, and was expected to be discharged since she was recovering well. On June 24, ‘Hum Tum’ director Kunal Kohli had also confirmed that she would be discharged within a day or two. However, Manish confirmed news of her demise on Friday.
The 71-year-old is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukyna Khan. The three-time National Award winner had some renowned songs like Madhuri Dixit’s ‘Dola Re Dola’, ‘Ek Do Teen’, ‘Chane Ke Khet Mein’ and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s ‘Yeh Ishq Haaye’ to her credit. Working with Bollywood for over four decades with over 2000 songs, Saroj Khan had last choreographed Madhuri in ‘Kalank‘ song ‘Tabah Ho Gaye’.