Priyanka Chopra pays tribute to Saroj Khan

Lawrence Kim
July 4, 2020

Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Indian financial hub of Mumbai early on Friday, her family said.

Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away on 3 July 2020 of cardiac arrest.

When Mirror reached out to Saroj Khan's daughter, Sukaina Khan, she said, "Salman Khan stood by us like a rock and helped her till the end".

Vaibhavi Merchant believes it was Saroj Khan who gave a new identity to Bollywood choreography and her body of work will be cherished for generations to come.

The 1999 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, featured one of Khan's most popular dances."Nimbooda" highlighted her vast talent, and it also brought former Miss World, Aishwariya Rai's dance skills to the forefront.

Saroj Khan's daughter Sukena said, "I still remember a week before going to the hospital, the mother went for namaz, when she came, I asked if she prayed for us".

Ever since the news of her demise poured in, several Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, and others expressed their grief. Till we dance again.

"It has been a long struggle with many ups and downs in my personal life", she says.

She won three National Awards for her choreography in the Bollywood movies "Devdas" and "Jab We Met" ("When We Met") and for the Tamil film "Sringaram: Dance of Love". We gossiped, we worked. Mirror has learnt that Salman Khan was taking care of her treatment because she had been out of work.

But it was her work with Madhuri Dixit that made her famous. She started as a member of the background chorus and graduated as an assistant to the choreographer, which in turn brought her in contact with accomplished dancer-actresses like Vyjayanthimala.

In the Academy Award-nominated 2001 film, Lagaan, Khan choreographed lead stars Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh for "Radha Kaise Na Jale". "Saroj Khan love you always", he tweeted.

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