Saroj Khan, an legendary Bollywood choreographer whose dance proteges involve actresses Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi, died of a cardiac arrest on Friday, after getting admitted to a Mumbai hospital in June with breathing difficulties. She was 71.
Born Nirmala Nagpal, Khan debuted as an assistant choreographer in 1960 with “Kalpana,” and honed her craft on quite a few films just before creating her debut as a choreographer with 1974’s “Geeta Mera Naam.” It was in the 1980s and 1990s that she turned a residence title throughout India for her collaborations with Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi.
Her unforgettable associations with Dixit include things like “Tezaab,” “Beta” and “Khalnaayak,” when with Sridevi her finest perform contains Shekhar Kapur’s “Mr. India,” “Nagina” and “Chandni.” A single of Khan’s most well-known operates was “Devdas,” which premiered in Cannes in 2002, and the place she labored with Dixit and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.
Khan amassed much more than 300 movie credits, acquiring choreographed additional than 2,000 tunes. She received India’s National Movie Award for choreography 3 moments: for “Devdas,” “Sringaram,” and “Jab We Achieved.” She also gained the American Choreography Award 2 times, for her do the job in “Hum Dil Che Chuke Sanam,” and the Oscar-nominated “Lagaan: When Upon a Time in India.” Her very last film credit history was 2019’s “Kalank,” the place she reunited with Dixit.
In later on daily life, Khan was a choose on Star Tv set reality demonstrate “Nach Baliye,” and Sony Leisure Television’s “Ustaadon Ka Ustad,” and “Jhalak Dikhlaa Ja.”
She is survived by her husband, the veteran choreographer B. Sohanlal, with whom she designed her debut as an assistant, son Hamid and daughters Hina and Sukyna.