Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away


Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away in Mumbai on Friday following a cardiac arrest. She was 71.
Saroj’s daughter Sukaina Khan confirmed the news to
Saroj Khan was born as Nirmala Nagpal. She joined the Indian film industry as a child artiste, playing the younger Shyama in Nazarana. She eventually became a background dancer in 1950s films like Bimal Roy’s Madhumati under the guidance of dance director B. Sohanlal.

18 Responses to “Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away”

  1. Sanjana:
    Saroj Khan passes away


  2. sanjana Says:


  3. Om Shanti.
    Thanks for making Madhuri Dixit for me, as i saw her on screen as the greatest female actress in Hindi Cinema.


  4. sanjana Says:

    “She then told me ‘if you can’t move your hands and legs you need to dance with your face’. She used to ask me to observe her closely and watch her face when she used to perform an entire song with her expressions. This is the reason why every heroine has become a heroine today only because of Master Ji. That’s all!,” Kareena said. “I used to lock myself in the bathroom and practice all of Master Ji’s expressions because my mother always told me, ‘if I want to be an actress, I must only watch Master Ji’s songs and see the close-ups of all the heroines’. I used to really practice them and I think that’s the reason why we have all become heroines today. It was only because Masterji used to show us every expression before the shot,” she had said.


  5. RIP – half of what Madhuri is, it is thanks to her. She recognized the
    ‘talent’ in Madhuri and how Mads could bloody throw-in a 100 expressions with her dances moves; and just with her face.


  6. sanjana Says:

    The best Bollywood star dancers Saroj Khan has seen
    By PATCY N

    Some sharp and funny observations from the no nonsense Saroj Khan.


  7. Om Shanti!


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    I still can’t believe master ji is no more. Losing a friend, philosopher & guide like her is devastating. It was difficult for me to put down my grief in words. I had spoken to her daughter when she was in the hospital & she told me that Saroj ji would be fine. Two days later, she was gone.⁣⁣ ⁣ The Guru-shishya bond that we shared, the assurance that she would be my mother on the sets, I'll miss everything. Today on the occasion of Guru Purnima, I pay my tribute to her. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Nobody can make women look so beautiful, desirable & sensuous on-screen like her. She made everything look like poetry in motion. Smitten by her, I had told her, "Saroji ji, agar aap shakkar hoti na, I would add you in my cup of tea & drink it." She would laugh heartily at this. I'll miss that playful laughter.⁣ ⁣ The first time I met her was while shooting for Maine Rab Se from Karma. Saroj ji asked me so many questions, one being 'Where did you learn to dance?' Unfortunately, our sequence was removed from the song. I'll miss her many questions.⁣ ⁣ Saroj Khan was a game changer in the industry. She was the rebel in the male-dominated profession. There were rough edges to her personality & I feel that's because life had been pretty uneven to her. I'll miss that determined & headstrong woman.⁣⁣ ⁣ Dancing in front of the camera & dancing on stage are two different things. Saroj ji taught me how to romance the camera when we worked on Ek Do Teen. Such was the song’s popularity that Filmfare had to create the Best Choreography category to honour Saroj ji. I'll miss her resolve to push the envelope all the time. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Her Nazakat, the aadayein, the elegance of every move, I was besotted. I knew we would do a lot of songs together. So we decided not to repeat any of the movements. She agreed to create hook steps that people will identify with every song. We created so many movements with no knowledge about what they are called. Who knew Tamma Tamma step was Dab? I'lll miss inventing hook steps with her.⁣ ⁣ She was close to my family as well & this loss is deeply personal. There's no one like her & there won't be another like her. Saroj ji, I'll miss everything about you. I'll miss your 'Perrrfect'!

    A post shared by Madhuri Dixit (@madhuridixitnene) on

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    • A great tribute!!


      • I feel actresses now don’t like to work with me; they have never said it. I started getting less work.

        Madhuri Dixit is one actress who gets all the moves right, she moves right, she smiles at the right time.

        Dance choreographers nowadays don’t have the power to tell the actors to give the right kind of expression that is required during the dance, but I see to it that my actors dance well and with expression.

        All actors need to rehearse at least two days before the shoot.

        If a song is extraordinary, then I myself dance as soon as the song plays, and whatever I do my assistants follow.

        Within 20 to 25 minutes, a song is choreographed.

        But if the song is dull, and we have to pep up the dance movements, then it takes me from three hours to one day.

        I composed Ek Do Teen in 25 minutes, but Madhuri rehearsed for 17 days because she was not famous at that time.

        It was that song that made her famous.


        Why did it take 22 hours for Kareena to do the mujra with Dil Mera Muft Ka in Agent Vinod? Because she did not come for rehearsals. Dil Mera Muft Ka is a duet between Kareena Kapoor and Mariam Zakaria. You never see two girls dancing in a mujra, but it is done in Bollywood.

        Hiralal had choreographed a duet mujra on two girls, Rani and Madhumati, for the song Aankhon Aankhon Mein in Janwar.

        The dance was a masterpiece. I have tried to create that kind of dance.

        I did not demand two girls, the story demanded it.

        Mariam introduces Kareena in Pakistan. Saif is dressed up as a security officer. Mariam will start the dance and Kareena will join in. I have choreographed this dance in the Kathak style.

        Kareena has never learnt Kathak, that’s why it was difficult for her.

        The trained Kathak dancers in the industry are Rekha, Hema Malini, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri, and Sonam.


        Farah Khan did not choreograph Sheila Ki Jawani; (her assistant) Geeta Kapoor did. Farah Khan admits it.

        That’s why when she took the award on stage she said, ‘Geeta, this is for you.’/

        Why couldn’t she give the credit in the film credits?

        Farah can’t dance. She doesn’t even know to give the count. Sheila Ki Jawani is better than the other item numbers.

        I thought Chikini Chameli was vulgar because he (Ganesh Acharya) emphasised too much on one hip movement and her bust. The song is not done like a lavni. He went for out-and-out vulgarity.

        My life is about my family.

        I don’t attend parties.

        I don’t socialise.

        I don’t ask for work.



  9. The Saroj Khan Story

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  10. sanjana Says:

    Saroj Khan: Breaking Down The Choreography That Created Such Hits For Sridevi And Madhuri Dixit
    Like in our classical dance, the idea was to create a “movement” or a “step” that illustrated the lyric. This is the tradition Saroj Khan inherited, and she ran with it.



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