Mumbai:Renowned Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan died early on Friday morning due to cardiac arrest. She was 71.
The three-time National Award winner, who had choreographed some of the most memorable songs in Hindi cinema, was not keeping well for some time.
She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra last Saturday after she complained of breathing issues.The mandatory Covid-19 test done at the hospital showed a negative result.
"She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital," Khan's nephew Manish Jagwani told.
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan is credited with choreographing more than 2,000 songs, 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.
In Saroj Khan’s passing away, Hindi film industry has lost one of its most beloved and respected dance exponents. It would not be wrong to say that the magic of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi would be incomplete without her.
Sridevi’s Hawa Hawai to Madhuri-Aishwarya’s Dola Re Dola, iconic songs choreographed by Saroj Khan
Madhuri Dixit is ‘devastated by the loss’
Madhuri Dixit has tweeted, “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.”
Farah Khan tweets condolences
Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan tweeted, “Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the songs #SarojKhan.”
Akshay Kumar remembers Saroj
“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,” wrote Akshay in a tweet.
Saroj’s funeral was held on Friday morning at a cemetery in suburban Malad. “We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meeting will be held after three days,” her daughter Sukaina told