Bollywood’s dancing legend Saroj Khan passed away in the wee hours on Friday. She died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 71. The veteran choreographer was admitted to Mumbai's Guru Nanak Hospital last month after complaining of breathing issues.
Saroj Khan’s demise comes as a big blow to the Bollywood industry and celebrities are mourning the loss of yet another gem of the showbiz. The ace choreographer schooled many actors right from the beginning of their careers until now. Actress Madhuri Dixit is devastated over the loss and other actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ajay Devgn among others have also offered their last tributes on social media.
Kajol shared an adorable picture as she penned a heartfelt note for late Saroj Khan. “RIP to the most talented coolest choreographer ever! She taught me sooooo much that I always used everywhere in so many other ways. When she danced it was like watching a whole book ! Everything that she wanted to say was there so clearly on her face and in her body language . Even later when she grew older whenever we met I could see that mischief and affection and sheer love for her work. Love u Sarojji and be at peace knowing that u are loved and will always be remembered” she wrote.
Kareena Kapoor Khan recalls Saroj Khan’s lessons as she writes: “Master ji always told me... perrr nahin chala saktiii toh kam se kam face toh chalaaaaa. That’s what she taught me... to enjoy dancing, smile and smile through the eyes. There can never be another... Dance and expression can never be the same for us actors and for everyone who loved her... Love you master ji. Till we dance again... RIP”
Shilpa Shetty recalls dancing to Khan’s steps and remembers her in a heartfelt post. “A LEGEND has left us?? Can’t forget the moment I first met you when you came to choreograph ‘Kitaabe’ ( Baazigar) and I burst out crying (I was a huge fan of your work) I couldn’t believe you were actually standing in front of me. Then came ‘Churake dil’, which was a milestone in my career... and many more. You set the benchmark so high, taught me ‘how’ to express... a technician par excellence... No one shot women like you, you were the best!
Will miss you. Churake dil mera #Saroj ji chale May you rest in peace, Masterji. Strength and love to the family to cope with this irreparable loss.”
Sharing a monochrome picture, Sunny Leone talks about her meeting with Khan. “My very brief encounter by a beautiful patient guru who was trying to teach some basics of Indian folk dancing. Even though our encounter was short I always go back to these videos to learn from her over and over. God Bless your soul and may you rest in peace. My heart goes out to the family, close friends and to all those out there who have lost this beautiful person from your life. RIP Mam!” she wrote.
Sonam Kapoor mourned the loss of her guruji and wrote: “Rest in peace guruji” alongside her post.
Meanwhile, Saroj Khan's last remains were taken to the Awais-e-Qarni Muslim Kabristan in Malad, where she was laid to rest early morning in presence of close family members and friends.
Rest in peace Saroj Khan...Our deepest condolences to the family...