From Mr India to Jab We Met, Saroj Khan’s Instagram Page is a Trip Down Memory Lane

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From Mr India to Jab We Met, Saroj Khan’s Instagram Page is a Trip Down Memory Lane

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As the tragic year 2020 carries on, Bollywood bid goodbye to yet another legend on Friday. Known as the “Mother of Choreography in India”, Saroj Khan passed away at the age of 71 due to a cardiac arrest. With a career spanning over 40 years, Khan was a prominent figure who helped define the art of film dancing in Hindi cinema. She has gifted Bollywood with several dance numbers that will remain evergreen.

A true ’90s Queen, Khan has made the biggest stars in the industry dance to her tune. And her Instagram is a testimony to the art and the artists she has gracefully crafted over the years.

When one talks about Saroj Khan, one of the first names that comes to mind is Madhuri Dixit Nene.

 

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With Tezaab’s “Ek Do Teen” choreographed by none other than her Master ji, Madhuri burst onto the Bollywood scene. The song also won Khan her Filmfare Best Choreography Award, making her the first recipient of the same.

 

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Following the success of “Ek Do Teen”, the power duo gave us hit after hit – “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, and “Tamma Tamma”. To Khan, this beloved student was her own inspiration and muse. Both on and off screen.

 

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Incidentally, Khan’s last choreography for the song “Tabaah Ho Gaye” from last year’s Kalank was also filmed on Madhuri.

 

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Yet another dancing sensation that Khan gave us was Sridevi. It was “Hawa Hawaii” and “Kaate Nahi Kat Te” from Mr India made the legendary choreographer a household name.

 

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The one who gave King Khan his trademark “dip” was none other than the ace choreographer.

 

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Bollywood’s beloved onscreen pair SRK-Kajol went on to be trained by Khan in their hit movies like Baazigar and Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

 

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In another memory from the ’90s that comes rushing back to our minds is the iconic Taal. Not only did it give us one of AR Rahman’s best discographies until date but also presented the beauty queen Aishwariya Rai Bachchan delicately yet fiercely matching her steps to the beats, all thanks to Master Ji.

 

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A throwback from the same year also saw Khan and her daughter, Sunaina, alongside Bollywood’s timeless diva Rekha on a world tour.

 

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The evergreen Jab We Met brought Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan together to create magic amid the mountains.

 

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And Khan could even get Sanju baba to put his best foot (and arm!) forward.

 

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That was the power of Bollywood’s Master ji. Rest in Peace. We won’t let the dance die.

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