Saroj Khan: Virtuoso Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, fondly known as Masterji, has passed away during the wee hours on Friday. She was 71. She died after suffering a cardiac arrest in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra, Mumbai. She is remained by her husband B Sohanlal and three kids, two daughters and a son. Her last rites will be performed at Malvani in Malad later in the day.
Earlier, on June 20, Saroj Khan was rushed to Guru Nanak Hospital after she had complained of breathing problems. She was later discharged after she was kept under observation and was doing fine. She also tested negative for Covid-19 when she was admitted to the hospital. Straight away, we receive the distressing news of her passing.
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan is credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs. Saroj Khan shot to fame in the late eighties, choreographing Sridevi spirits such as Main Naagin Tu Sapera (Nagina) and Hawaa Hawaai (Mr India).
The three-time National Award Winner has choreographed for some of the most memorable tracks, including Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, Ek Do Teen from Madhuri Dixit-starrer Tezaab and Ye Ishq Haaye from Jab We Met in 2007.
In recent times, choreographer Saroj Khan had been selective with signing creative projects. Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika last year and Tanu Weds Manu Returns in 2015. She last choreographed for Tabaah Hogaye, featuring Madhuri from filmmaker Karan Johar’s production Kalank in 2019.