Bollywood’s legendary choreographer Saroj Khan took her last breath on Friday, June 3, 2020, in Mumbai. The 71-year old choreographer was admitted to the hospital last month after she developed some breathing issues.
The Bollywood industry was shocked after the news of Saroj Khan’s death broke out. Her dear student and Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit too felt devastated after hearing the news and said that she is at the loss of words to describe what she is feeling at the moment. She then sent heartfelt condolences to the family.
Yesterday, on the occasion of Guru Purnima, Madhuri Dixit penned down an emotional note to pay tribute to the legendary late choreographer fondly called as ‘Masterji’. Dixit posted a photo of herself hugging Saroj Khan and captioned it, “I still can’t believe master ji is no more. Losing a friend, philosopher & guide like her is devastating. It was difficult for me to put down my grief in words. I had spoken to her daughter when she was in the hospital & she told me that Saroj ji would be fine. Two days later, she was gone.”
She further added, “The Guru-Shishya bond that we shared, the assurance that she would be my mother on the sets, I’ll miss everything.”
For the unversed, Madhuri Dixit had worked with Saroj Khan on multiple songs and all the songs were chartbusters.
The caption further read, “Nobody can make women look so beautiful, desirable & sensuous on-screen like her. She made everything look like poetry in motion. Smitten by her, I had told her, ‘Saroji ji, agar aap shakkar hoti na (had you been sugar), I would add you in my cup of tea & drink it.” She would laugh heartily at this. I’ll miss that playful laughter.”
Going down the memory lane, Madhuri recalled the first time she met Saroj Khan. She said, “It was while shooting for Maine Rab Se from Karma. Saroj ji asked me so many questions, one being ‘Where did you learn to dance?’ Unfortunately, our sequence was removed from the song. I’ll miss her many questions.”
Madhuri Dixit feels that Saroj Khan was the game-changer in the industry to grace a profession mostly dominated by males. She then praised the late choreography by calling her determined and headstrong woman.
As Saroj Khan was very close to Madhuri’s family, the loss seemed very personal to her and she will miss everything about her.
Saroj Khan last choreographed Madhuri Dixit for the song ‘Tabaah Ho Gaye’ from the 2019 movie Kalank.