Bollywood has come together to mourn the death of Saroj Khan, the legendary choreographer who created magic with her feet-tapping numbers like Hawa Hawai (1987), Kaate Nahin Kat Te (1987), Main Teri Dushman, Dushman Tu Mera (1986), Ek, do, teen (1988), Dhak Dhak Karne Laga (1992), and Choli Pe Peeche Kya (1993).
Saroj, who had her first break in the Indian film industry as an independent choreographer in 1974, with Geeta Mera Naam, died today of cardiac arrest at the age of 71. She was admitted to the Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai, on June 20, after she complained of struggling with breathing problems. There, the mandatory COVID-19 tests were done for her, and the results came out negative.
"She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital," Saroj Khan's nephew Manish Jagwani told a news agency, confirming the news of her death on Friday, July 3.
The veteran choreographer, who was a three-time National Award winner, is survived by her three children, Hamid Khan, Hina Khan, and Sukanya Khan.
“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,” Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit Nene shared on Twitter, leading the barrage of tweets, posts, and condolence that has been pouring in from all corners in the wake of the tragic news.
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 Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 3, 2020
Madhuri added, “My sincere condolences to the family. #RIPSarojji”
Musician Shankar Mahadevan too shared a heartfelt note, writing, "Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace #SarojKhan"
"AN ERA HAS GONE absolutely my personal loss. an integral part of our Mukta arts family-my strong partner in grooming stars like Madhuri Meenaxi Manisha n ashwarya. Master of masters. Saroj Khan will live in history of choreography of Indian cinema indeed. Bye JAAN. RIP (sic)," shared Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai.
Check out how others responded to this devastating news:
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 Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 3, 2020
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.
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) July 3, 2020
Rest in peace Sarojji.. u were an inspiration to many, myself included. Thank you for the songs🙏🏻 #SarojKhan
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) July 3, 2020
Saddened to hear about the demise of ace choreographer #SarojKhan... Her timeless classics will continue to inspire generations to come. The end of an era... Heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones. RIP Saroj Khan.
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) July 3, 2020
— Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) July 3, 2020
RIP Saroji ... I thank God I got a chance to be choreographed by you.. Prayers and Strength to the Family..#SarojKhan
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) July 3, 2020
T 3582 - Prayers .. 🙏 ..
हाथ जुड़े हैं , मन अशांत
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 3, 2020