- Saroj Khan died at the age of 71
- “A legend has left us,” tweeted actress Shilpa Shetty
- “It was she who taught me film dance,” tweeted Manisha Koirala
Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, best known for choreographing iconic Bollywood songs, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on July 3. She was 71. Tributes from the film fraternity, remembering Saroj Khan with fond memories, poured in on Twitter. “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan,” tweeted Madhuri Dixit, who was the star of several iconic dance songs, choreographed by Saroj Khan. Actor Akshay Kumar was one of the first ones to condole Saroj Khan’s death on Twitter, describing her as someone who “made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry”. “A legend has left us,” tweeted actress Shilpa Shetty. Actress Manisha Koirala reacted to Saroj Khan’s death with this tweet: “It was she who taught me film dance once I joined films.” Urmila Matondkar remembered Saroj Khan with this tweet: “Each of her songs is a masterpiece.” Tributes to Saroj Khan were also shared by the likes of Taapsee Pannu, Genelia D’Souza, Jacqueline Fernandez and others.
I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance. The world has lost an amazingly talented person. I will miss you My sincere condolences to the family. #RIPSarojji
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 3, 2020
Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace
– Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 3, 2020
A LEGEND has left usYou taught me “how” to express, a technician par excellence…the best! Will miss you . Churake dil mera #Saroj ji chale..May you rest in peace Masterji Strength and love to the family
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) July 3, 2020
This is a sad news early in morning..since childhood I was trained in indian classical dance..it was she who taught me film dance once I joined films..(which I had zero knowlage of). A tough task master and a great one!! #RIPSarojKhan JI https://t.co/UxRDUwFbrH
– Manisha Koirala (@mkoirala) July 3, 2020
Saddened to hear about legendary #SarojKhan Such a vision she was while dancing with unparalleled technical skills. Each of her songs is a masterpiece. Keep them all gyrating Master ji #RestInPeacepic.twitter.com/DGAZjoRj5G
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) July 3, 2020
Rest in Peace Saroj Khan ji. This loss is immeasurable for the industry & film lovers.Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot. I had the pleasure of being Choerographed by her in Aladin. One tick off my bucketlist
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 3, 2020
Atleast I had a chance to dance in your company. I am going to hold on to those memories tight…. real tight.
we lose another star to the sky. Your songs will make every girl remember you for ever n ever. https://t.co/QWiG0FaP6j
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 3, 2020
RIP Saroji … I thank God I got a chance to be choreographed by you.. Prayers and Strength to the Family..#SarojKhan
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) July 3, 2020
Tere aane se ronaq aa jaati thi …..Saroj…… affsos …..tum bhi chali gaien…..skoon naseeb ho rooh ko teri…… Friends, she was an assistant dance director in my first film Dil bhi tera…..a jolly good friend. pic.twitter.com/Vk65hJXQ0I
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) July 3, 2020
AN ERA HAS GONE
absolutely my personal loss.
an integral part of our Mukta arts family-my strong partner in grooming stars like Madhuri Meenaxi Manisha n ashwarya
Master of masters
Saroj Khan will live in history of choreography of Indian cinema indeed.
Bye JAAN. RIP pic.twitter.com/iZcN3EBMh7
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) July 3, 2020
Nimrat Kaur summed up Saroj Khan’s legacy in her tweet: “A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work.” Choreographer Remo D’Souza described Saroj Khan’s death as a “Big loss to dance fraternity.” Tributes also poured in from the likes of filmmaker Kunal Kohli, Koena Mitra, Rakul Preet Singh, Tamannaah Bhatia and others. Choreographer Farah Khan tweeted: “Rest in peace Saroj ji.. you were an inspiration to many, myself included.”
Saroj ji’s name introduced the word ‘choreographer’ to my life. A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work. May her loved ones find strength and courage at this terrible hour. There’ll never be another…#RIPSarojKhan#Legend#Masterjipic.twitter.com/EffYUvX7Ca
– Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) July 3, 2020
Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the song #SarojKhan
– Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 3, 2020
– Remo D’souza (@remodsouza) July 3, 2020
– kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) July 3, 2020
2020 please don’t give any more bad news . So sad to hear about #SarojKhan ma’am . Always dreamt of doing atleast one song Choreographed by her. Your grace and contribution to indian cinema shall always be remembered. May your soul RIP. Strength to the family
– Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) July 3, 2020
Woke up to the heartbreaking news of the legendary choreographer #SarojKhan‘s demise. Her iconic dance moves inspired me at a very young age. Rest in peace Saroj Ji
You are truly irreplaceable.
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) July 3, 2020
– Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) July 3, 2020
Really sad to hear that Saroj Khan ji is no more between us. Her Grace , her simplicity her iconic moves and her legacy are immortalised. My condolences with Raju sir, and entire family. #RipSarojKhan
— Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh) July 3, 2020
Saroj Khan choreographed actresses Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit in several iconic dance songs such as Hawa Hawai, Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma Loge, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga among others. Songs such as Dola Re Dola and Yeh Ishq Haaye are also witness to some of Saroj Khan’s genius choreography.
Saroj Khan is survived by her husband Sohanlal, son Raju, and daughters Hina and Sukanya.