Bollywood mourns demise of Saroj Khan
Mumbai: Legendary choreographer Saroj Khan, who made some of the biggest Bollywood stars dance to her tunes in iconic numbers like "Hawa Hawai", “Dhak Dhak” and “Ek Do Teen”, died of cardiac arrest early on Friday morning. Bollywood fraternity mourned on the demise of the ace choreographer through social media.
Actor Madhuri Dixit Nene, who did her career's some of the best work with the choreographer, said Khan was her friend and "guru".
"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 tweeted.
Superstar Akshay Kumar said Khan made dance look easy and accessible.
"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 tweeted.
"A rare artist & an exceptional Guru, Saroj Khanji has played crucial roles in many superstars journeys, giving memorable choreographies in Jugni from TWM, Ghani Bawari from TWMR & very recent lullaby Taktaki from Manikarnika, Kangana will always be indebted to her contribution, tweeted Kangana Ranaut.
Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, who worked with her in "Ye Ishq Haaye" from "Jab We Met" and other songs, said there can never be another like the choreographer, known in the industry as masterji.
"Masterji always told me 'If you can't move your feet, move your face'. That's what she taught me... to enjoy dancing, smile and smile through the eyes. There can never be another... Dance and expression can never be the same for us actors and for everyone who loved her... Love you Masterji. Till we dance again,"Kareena wrote on Instagram.
Actor Suniel Shetty called Khan a true guru.
"You are loved... You are irreplaceable... A true Guru," he wrote.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta said the choreographer's death was the end of an era.
Director Kunal Kohli, who worked with the choreographer on "Fanaa", remembered Khan as someone who stood up for people's rights.
"She stood up for the rights of people. Never bothered who was a star or not. She said her bit unadulterated and from the heart. Brought biryani on every song and fed the whole crew so lovingly.We gossiped, we worked. Thank you for the memories masterji. Saroj Khan love you always," he tweeted.
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs.
Saroj Khan's death comes at a time when the film industry is already grappling with the loss of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Basu Chatterjee and Sushant Singh Rajput in recent months.