Last month, Bollywood’s beloved dance choreographer Saroj Khan was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital after complaining of breathing issues. Her condition worsened and she passed away on Friday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 71.
Saroj Khan was fondly called ‘MasterJi’ or ‘Guruji’ and made many actors dance to her moves. Right from Madhuri Dixit to Sara Ali Khan, she had an influence on every generation. Saroj Ji was a pioneer of female choreographers in the industry and served as an inspiration to many.
Khan’s loss comes as yet another loss to the industry after talented actors like Sushant Singh Rajput, Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor left for heavenly abode a few months ago. While Rishi and Irrfan succumbed to cancer after a long battle with the illness, Sushant died of suicide on June 14 2020.
Saroj Khan’s last Instagram post was a tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput. The young’s actors’ tragic demise had shattered his colleagues and family members and Khan too was shocked over his loss. In a heartfelt post, she mentioned how she never worked with him but loved all his movies.
Sharing Sushant’s picture, Saroj Ji had written:
I had never worked with you @sushantsinghrajput but we have meet many times. What went wrong in your LIFE?I'm shocked that you took such a drastic step in your LIFE.You could have spoken to an Elder which could have helped YOU and would have kept us Happy looking at YOU. God bless your soul and I don't know what your Father and Sister's are going through. Condolences and Strength to them to go through this Time. I Loved you in all your Movies and will always Love you. R.I.P-
Meanwhile, Saroj Ji’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.
Saroj Khan has choreographed over 2000 songs in Bollywood including superhit 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). Her last work was for Madhuri Dixit’s song ‘Tabaah Ho Gaye’ from Kalank.