Saroj Khan, one of Bollywood’s best choreographers, died of a heart attack in a hospital in India’s financial center. Mumbai Friday morning, his family said. She was 71 years old.
The triple winner of the national award was admitted to the hospital last Saturday after complaining of shortness of breath. She tested negative for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
“She died due to a cardiac arrest at around 1:52 am in the hospital. She had severe diabetes and related illnesses, and her COVID-19 test was negative, “said her family in a statement.
Khan has choreographed over 2,000 songs in his career spanning more than 40 years. Leading actresses, including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi, have danced to some of the most popular acts for which Khan choreography.
Tributes pour in on social networks for the ace choreographer, known as the “mother of dance / choreography in India” and affectionately nicknamed “Masterji” [teacher] by most of the actors with whom she worked.
“I am devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. I will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance. The world has lost an incredibly talented person. I’ll miss you. My sincere condolences to the family, “tweeted Dixit, one of the most famous actors in Bollywood.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan offered condolences to “ real teacher. “
“My first real teacher in the film industry. She taught me for hours how to “dive” for film dance. One of the most caring, loving and inspiring personalities I have ever met. Sarojji. May Allah bless her soul. Thanks for taking care of me.
I woke up to the sad news that the legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dancing easy as almost anyone can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May his soul rest in peace 🙏🏻
– Akshay Kumar (akshaykumar) 3 July 2020
Khan began his acting career at the age of three in a Bollywood film. She then went on to choreography and got her break in 1974. She never looked back and choreographed on some of the most popular Bollywood movie songs.
She was acclaimed for choreography in the films Mr India, Chandni, Beta, Tezaab and Gulab Gang.
Khan was buried Friday in a cemetery in Mumbai, his nephew Manish Jagwani told reporters.
She is survived by her husband and three children.