Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan died due to cardiac arrest at 71

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, a three-time National Award winner, had choreographed some of the most memorable songs in Hindi cinema.

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan died due to cardiac arrest at 71
Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan died due to cardiac arrest at 71

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan died due to cardiac arrest at 71, who mentored generations of actors and was fondly known as "Masterji", died early this morning. She was admitted to Mumbai's Guru Nanak Hospital on June 20 after complaining of difficulty in breathing and died of cardiac arrest.

In 1983, her first breakthrough came with Subhash Ghai's Hero. She was noticed for her talent in 1986 in Nagina movie at Sridevi's Nagin dance, followed up by Mr. India. Saroj Khan (born Nirmala Nagpal; 22 November 1938 – 3 July 2020) was one of the most prominent and leading Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. With a career span of over forty years, she choreographed more than 2000 songs and is known as "The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India".

Saroj Khan was laid to rest in a cemetery in Mumbai's Malad by her family at 7am.

The three-time National Award winner has choreographed for some of the most memorable tracks, including Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, Ek Do Teen from Madhuri Dixit-starrer Tezaab and Ye Ishq Haaye from Jab We Met in 2007.

She last choreographed for Tabaah Hogaye, featuring Madhuri from filmmaker Karan Johar's production Kalank in 2019.

Ritesh Deshmukh tweetd: “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 Choreographed by her in Aladin. One tick off my bucketlist”

Jacqueline Fernandez posted: Broken heart Rest In Peace Saroj mam..

Farhan Akhtar posted: Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary Saroj Khan ji. RIP. Have wonderful memories of time spent with her re-imagining ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’ on Don. Condolences to her family.

Madhuri Dixit Nene posted: Feeling connected with each other makes life worth living. Happy to keep in touch! My first song #Candle is now available on all platforms, worldwide.

Akshay Kumar posted: 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

Farah Khan posted: Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the songs #SarojKhan

Tamannaah Bhatia posted: 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.