The choreographer, Saroj Khan, died on a Thursday at 71 years of age after a cardiac arrest, was paid a tribute by Bollywood actors. Since complaining of respiratory problems, she was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai last month.
Amongst the stars of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar paid tributes to the director of the as dance. Posted by Actor Akshay Kumar,“Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace.”
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted in Hindi, “Prayers .. haath judien hain, mann ashant.” Madhuri Dixit has written in her tweet, “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance. The world has lost an amazingly talented person. I will miss you. My sincere condolences to the family.”
Actor Taapsee Pannu said, “Atleast I had a chance to dance in your company. I am going to hold on to those memories tight…. real tight. we lose another star to the sky. Your songs will make every girl remember you for ever n ever.”
Actor Niel Nitin Mukesh wrote, “Really sad to hear that Saroj Khan ji is no more between us. Her Grace , her simplicity her iconic moves and her legacy are immortalised. My condolences with Raju sir, and entire family. #RipSarojKhan.” Sonu Sood wrote, “Saroji you will be missed #RIPSarojKhan.”
Remo D’Souza, director and choreographer, shared his images hugging late choreographer Saroj Khan.
She is called “The genius that immortalized the stars,” by Actor Nimrat Kaur. “Saroj ji’s name introduced the word ‘choreographer’ to my life. A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work. May her loved ones find strength and courage at this terrible hour. There’ll never be another…#RIPSarojKhan #Legend #Masterji,” she wrote and shared multiple pictures of her from her career.
Director Kunal Kohli called her ‘beloved master Ji’ and recalled their long-term relationship. “#SarojKhan my beloved Masterji. #RIPSarojKhan From Music Videos to films we had a long journey together. Now you’ve left me & gone. I will do & make what we spoke about one day, my promise to you,” he wrote. “#SarojKhan #Masterji every song we did together whether Chui Mui Si Tum,Saanson ko saanson mein,Chand Sifarish,we argued,discussed. I’ll miss her presence. Her voice on the mike. Her Adaa. I would tell the actors Male & Female,do 50% of how she does a shot & you’ll be a star,” he added.
Behind the most popular Bollywood songs and movies was Saroj Khan. Her best-known relationship has been choreographer Madhuri Dixit for many songs including Ek Do Teen and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga. Madhuri wrote on her birthday last year., “Happy birthday to one of my favorite people @sarojkhanofficial ji. Our journey together has been amazing and I will always be proud of the legacy you have created. You are my Guru and will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
The choreographer has also gained many awards over the years for her work. With Devdas, Sringaram and Jab We Met she was awarded three national awards and eight Filmfare Awards.