Top chore­og­ra­pher Saroj Khan dies

■ Bol­ly­wood in shock, top film­stars pay trib­ute to ‘Masterji’

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Vet­eran Bol­ly­wood chore­og­ra­pher Saroj Khan, 71, passed away on Fri­day morn­ing due to a car­diac ar­rest in Mum­bai. The three-time Na­tional Award win­ner was not keep­ing well for some time. She was ad­mit­ted to Guru Nanak Hos­pi­tal in Ban­dra on June 20 af­ter she com­plained of breath­ing is­sues. Khan is sur­vived by her son Raju Khan and daugh­ter Sukaina Khan. Her fu­neral was held Fri­day morn­ing at a ceme­tery in sub­ur­ban Malad. “We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meet­ing will be held af­ter three days,” said Sukaina.

In a ca­reer span­ning over four decades, Khan, known as “Masterji”, had chore­ographed over 2,000 songs. She started her ca­reer in the in­dus­try as a child artiste, aged three, and later worked as a back­ground dancer.

Mad­huri Dixit, who did some of her best work with the chore­og­ra­pher, said she was dev­as­tated by the loss of her guru.

“Will al­ways be grate­ful for her work in help­ing me reach my full po­ten­tial in dance. The world lost an amaz­ingly tal­ented per­son. I will miss you,” Mad­huri tweeted. Amitabh Bachchan said she gave the in­dus­try “rhythm, style and grace of move­ment”. Shah Rukh Khan said she was his “first gen­uine teacher” in Bol­ly­wood. “She taught me for hours how to do the ‘dip’ for film danc­ing… Will miss you Saro­jji… Thank you for look­ing af­ter me,” he tweeted.

She taught me for hours how to do the ‘dip’ for film danc­ing. Will miss you Saro­jji... Thank you for look­ing af­ter me — Shah Rukh Khan

Saroj Khan

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