Saroj Khan

Mumbai: Country’s leading choreographer, who is also popular in Bollywood as ‘Masterji’, Saroj Khan, died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 71 on Thursday night. She was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital last month after she complained of trouble in breathing.

Saroj directed over 2,000 songs in her long and storied career. Her most famous collaborations were with actors Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.

Born in 1948, Saroj Khan graduated to a back-up dancer in the 1950s, she worked with choreographer B Sohanlal.

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She started working as a choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam (1974), but it was while working with Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit in the 80s and 90s that her career touched new heights.

Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986), Chandni (1989), Tezaab (1988), and Thanedaar (1990) had some of the memorable songs choreographed by her. She collaborated with Madhuri again in Kalank (2018)

The three-time National Award winner has been credited with choreographing iconic numbers such as Hawa Hawai from Mr India (1987), Ek Do Teen from Tezaab (1988), Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta (1992) and Dola Re Dola from Devdas (2002).

She last choreographed Madhuri Dixit in the song Tabaah Ho Gaye from Karan Johar’s production Kalank in 2019.

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Saroj Khan was in the hospital since June 17 after she complained of breathing difficulties. She had tested negative for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

She also worked on TV as a reality show judge between 2005-2010. Saroj Khan is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.

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