Remembering Saroj Khan: Photos from the legendary choreographer's life

Updated: Jul 03, 2020, 11:07 | Nikita Wagh
  • Saroj Khan

    Born on November 22, 1948, Saroj Khan's birth name was Nirmala Nagpal. She started out in films at the age of three as a child actor before a stint as a backup dancer in the fifties. (All pictures/Saroj Khan's official Instagram account)

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  • Saroj Khan, Shah Rukh Khan

    One of the most prolific choreographers of the Hindi film industry, Saroj Khan was fondly called Masterji in Bollywood. The ace choreographer had called the shots in over 2,000 songs spanning over three and a half decades.

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  • Saroj Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Subhash Ghai

    As a choreographer, Saroj Khan started her journey in the film industry in the early seventies. But she became a household name and gained immense popularity in the mid to late eighties, first directing dances for Sridevi, and then Madhuri Dixit.

    In picture: On Madhuri Dixit's birthday, Saroj Khan posted this picture of her teaching 'Choli Ke Piche Kya Hai' dance steps to the actress. "Happy birthday M.D, my inspiration. You are my love for dancing. God give you a long long long life, his blessing should always be on you, God give you good health and keep you wealthy. God bless your children and Dr. Nene. Lots of love, Master Ji," she wrote in the caption.

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  • Saroj Khan, Kajol

    Saroj Khan started out choreographing with the 1974 film, Geeta Mera Naam. She directed songs for the Tamil film Thai Veedu in 1983, and also worked in Subhash Ghai's superhit Hero the same year.

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  • Saroj Khan, Sridevi

    However, it was the 1986 film Nagina that made Saroj Khan a household name. Sridevi's iconic dance 'Main naagin tu sapera' in that film continues to be a popular number even today.

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  • Saroj Khan, Sridevi, Anil Kapoor

    Saroj Khan's choreography for Sridevi the next year in Mr India, particularly the song Hawaa Hawaii then scaled popularity.

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  • Saroj Khan on the sets

    Saroj Khan won the National Award thrice in her lifetime. In 2003, she received the honour for the song 'Dola re dola' in Devdas, picturised on Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.

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  • Saroj Khan, Aishwarya Rai

    In 2006, Saroj Khan was a recipient of the award for all the songs she choreographed in the Tamil film, Sringaram.

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  • Saroj Khan, Kareena Kapoor

    In 2008, she won the award for the song 'Yeh Ishq Haaye' filmed on Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met.

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  • Saroj Khan, Kangana Ranaut

    Lately, Saroj Khan had been selective with signing new projects. Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika and Madhuri Dixit in Kalank last year.

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  • Saroj Khan, Rekha

    Over the past few weeks, Saroj Khan, who was diabetic, had complained of breathing problems, following which she was admitted to Mumbai's Guru Nanak Hospital. Since last month, she had been experiencing multiple health issues, though she had tested negative for COVID-19.

    In picture: Saroj Khan had shared this picture of Rekha and wrote in the caption, "#majorthrowback to Rekha ji's World Tour Show '99 with my daughter @sukainanagpal"

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  • Prabhudheva, Saroj Khan, Remo D'Souza, Ganesh Acharya

    After a cardiac arrest on Thursday night, Saroj Khan passed away. She is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.

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  • Saroj Khan, Sanjay Dutt

    A look at some candid pictures of Saroj Khan, during her younger days:

    Saroj Khan with Sanjay Dutt

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  • Saroj Khan, Ranbir Kapoor

    Saroj Khan with Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of Saawariya, which marked the actor's debut in Bollywood.

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  • Saroj Khan, Aishwarya Rai

    Saroj Khan with Aishwarya Rai in the 90s

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  • Saroj Khan, Amitabh Bachchan

    Saroj Khan with megastar Amitabh Bachchan

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  • Saroj Khan, Preity Zinta

    Saroj Khan with Preity Zinta

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Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan passed away on July 3, 2020, following a massive heart attack. She was 71. A look at some of her candid pictures, in her remembrance.