Taking to his official Twitter handle, Kaif posted a picture of Saroj Khan and lauded her "unparalleled" contribution to the Indian cinema for almost four decades. After Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Wajid Khan, Basu Chatterjee, Nimmi and Sushant Singh Rajput, the ace choreographer, Saroj Khan left for the heavenly abode in 2020.
Khan, known as "Masterji" across Bollywood, last worked in the film Kalank for a song, where she choreographed Madhuri Dixit. "My honest condolences to the family", tweeted Dixit, one of the Bollywood's most famous actors. Rest in peace Saroj Ji. Always dreamt of doing atleast one song Choreographed by her.
Superstar Akshay Kumar termed Khan's demise as a "huge loss" to the industry.
Ganesh Hegde recalls how he missed a chance at being Saroj Khan's student. At 16 again, I joined her, this time as an assistant. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra on June 17 after complaining of breathlessness.
She reportedly changed her name to Saroj to avoid the censure of conservative relatives who did not approve of her career choice.
Khan had an illustrious career spanning four decades. She was being challenged by a new generation of choreographers; Farah Khan and Shaimak Davar became favourites with kingpin banners. One of her first appearances as a dancer was in Aagosh (1953), in which she was Radha to Baby Naaz's Krishna.
Khan is survived by her husband and three children. This loss is immeasurable for the industry and film lovers.Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot.
You can't not mention Hawa Hawai while talking of late choreographer Saroj Khan who made Sridevi an overnight sensation with this song "Hawa Hawai" from "Mr India". Madhuri Dixit is a fabulous dancer but when she was on-screen she did what masterji told her and their combination was just brilliant.
Today the celebrity dance reality show might be on a different level completely but it had started with Saroj Khan as one of the judges along with Farhan Akhtar and Malaika Arora.