She died due to a cardiac arrest in the ICU of Guru Nanak Hospital where she was admitted on June 20 after she complained of breathing issues. In a career spanning over four decades, Khan was credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs.
Saroj Khan is survived by three children namely – Hamid Khan, Hina Khan and Sukanya Khan. Born as Nirmala Nagpal, Saroj Khan began her career by playing the young Shyama onscreen in Nazarana. She soon became a background dancer under the mentorship of dance director B Sohanlal. She married film choreographer B Sohanlal in 1962 at the age of 13 while he was 41, already a married man with four children. At the age of 14, Saroj had her first child with Sohanlal.
In a throwback interview, she had once said that she used to study in school those days, then one day his dance master Sohanlal tied a black thread around her neck and she got married.
The three-time National Award winner had choreographed for some of the most memorable tracks, including ‘Dola Re Dol’ from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’, ‘Ek Do Teen’ from Madhuri Dixit-starrer ‘Tezaab’ and ‘Ye Ishq Haaye’ from ‘Jab We Met’ in 2007.
Saroj Khan shot to fame in the late eighties, choreographing Sridevi superhits such as ‘Main naagin tu sapera’ (‘Nagina’) and ‘Hawaa hawaai’ (‘Mr India’).
Lately, she had been selective with signing new projects. Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in ‘Manikarnika’ last year and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ in 2015. Her last major assignment had been directing Madhuri’s movies in last year’s release, ‘Kalank’.
She last choreographed for ‘Tabaah Hogaye’, featuring Madhuri from filmmaker Karan Johar’s production “Kalank” in 2019. Madhuri Dixit and Saroj Khan had collaborated for several iconic numbers. Remembering the ace choreographer, Madhuri had shared on Twitter, “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. #RIPSarojji”