Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan imprinted a niche for herself in the film industry. Her unimpeachable dancing skills will continue to be an inspiration for many. In the wee hours of Friday, Khan writhed a cardiac arrest and she has left a legacy behind her. With a career of over 40 years, Saroj Khan has choreographed 2000 songs. It’s very heart straining to see such maestros of crafts are bidding us final farewells.

Saroj Khan was born in a Hindu household on 22 November 1948 as Nirmala Nagpal. She came as a well-to-do background as her family was one of the richest families in Pakistan but they had to move to India when partition happened in the year of 1947 and a year after Nirmala aka Saroj was born. Things changed for the family when they moved to India as all the wealth that they had was left in Pakistan. Saroj started working as a child artist to help her family survive. She started her career at the age of three with the film Nazarana and became a background dancer in the late 1950s. She helped her family survive for a good 9 years.

Saroj ji got married at the age of 13 to B Sohanlal who was twice her age. He was 43 when the two got married. Her career as an individual choreographer began with 1974’s Geeta Mera Naam but was the 1986 film Nagina that made Saroj Khan a sensation overnight because of Sridevi’s iconic dance number, Main Naagin Tu Sapera. And then, came the iconic number, Hawa Hawaii.

Not many know that Saroj Khan was honoured with the National Award thrice in her career. It is years of brawl that made Saroj khan who she was and will always be celebrated for her work.

 


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