Saroj Khan, Forever Our Dhak Dhak Girl, Hangs Up Her Ghungroo


Saroj Khan, Forever Our Dhak Dhak Girl, Hangs Up Her Ghungroo

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, who was fondly called “Masterji” by peers and fans, died in a Mumbai hospital on Friday. She was 71.

The choreographer was admitted to the hospital on June 20, after complaining of breathlessness. She died of a cardiac arrest at 2.30 am last night, her family said. A mandatory Covid-19 test that the hospital carried out returned negative.

Following the announcement, tributes poured in from peers and fans for the vetaran choreographer, who is known for directing some of Bollywood’s most iconic routines.

Actor Akshay Kumar said she made dance look easy, in his heartfelt post

Amitabh Bachchan also took to Twitter to offer his prayers.

In her post, actor Nimrat Kaur called Saroj Khan a genius who immortalised stars and music that defined an era with her iconic work.

Cartoonist Satish Acharya paid his tributes to the choreographer in his trademark style.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who had a chance to work with the choreographer for the film Aladin, said the loss was immeasurable for the industry and film lovers.

In her career, spanning four decades, Saroj Khan has won three National Awards for Best Choreography for her work in Devdas, Jab We Met, and the 2007 Tamil film Shringaram.

She has also been credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs, including the iconic Madhuri Dixit song and video “Ek, Do, Teen”. The actor on Friday said she was devastated by the loss of her friend and guru.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also noted her numerous achievements in his social media tribute.

Choreographer Remo D’souza shared a picture of him hugging Saroj Khan, and called her sudden death a big loss to the dance fraternity.

The last rites of the veteran choreographer will be held in Malad. Friday will be remembered as another sad day for Bollywood, which recently lost irreplaceable talents in actors Sushant Singh , Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. 2020, it seems, cannot get much worse.