Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies After Brief Illness

Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies After Brief Illness

Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies After Brief Illness


Mumbai: Choreographer Saroj Khan, the feisty ‘Masterji’ of Bollywood who stormed into a largely male bastion with her dance moves, died following a cardiac arrest at a hospital here early Friday. She was 71.

The three-time National Award winner had been admitted to the Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra on June 20 after she complained of breathing issues. She tested negative for COVID-19.

Khan, who helped remould the coy Bollywood heroine into the bold, unapologetically sensual one and made the career of many a star in the 1980s and 1990s, is survived by her son Raju and daughter Sukaina.

“She passed away after a cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital,” Khan’s nephew Manish Jagwani told PTI.

Khan, who was only three when she first entered the film industry as a child artiste, was buried at a cemetery in suburban Malad.

The formidable Khan, who made a name for herself in an industry dominated by men at the time, became the woman who made dancing queens of the likes of Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

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

“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 tweeted.

In a career spanning over four decades, Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs, some of which a generation of women grew up practising in front of their mirrors.

The career path wasn’t easy and neither was her life.

Khan’s parents migrated to India after the Partition. She started her career in the film industry as a child artiste when she was only three and later worked as a background dancer.

When she was just 13, she got married to film choreographer B Sohanlal who she worked under. He was 41 at the time. She later married again.

Khan was born as Nirmala but converted to Islam of her own will, the choreographer had revealed in an interview.

She got her first break as an independent choreographer with “Geeta Mera Naam” in 1974 but it took Sridevi’s “Hawa Hawai” and “Kaate Nahi Kat Te” from 1987 film “Mr India” for her to receive acclaim as a dance choreographer of repute.

There was no looking back after that.



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What “Masterji” Saroj Khan Taught Kareena Kapoor – See Her Post


Kareena Kapoor shared this photo (courtesy kareenakapoorkhan)

Highlights

  • “There can never be another,” wrote Kareena Kapoor
  • “Love you master ji,” she added
  • “Till we dance again,” Kareena wrote in her post

New Delhi:

Kareena Kapoor, who was choreographed by Saroj Khan in the song Yeh Ishq Haye from 2007 film Jab We Met, poured her heart out in her tribute to the legendary choreographer. Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Friday. She was 71. Kareena Kapoor, who played the role of a sprightly, happy-go-lucky character named Geet in Jab We Met, remembered her “Master ji” as someone who taught her an important lesson that’s stayed with her as an actress. Kareena revealed Saroj Khan told her to use her expressions to dance, not just her moves. “Master ji always told me… ‘perr nahin chala sakti toh kam se kam face toh chala (If you can’t move your feet, then move your face at least)’.” That’s what she taught me… to enjoy dancing, smile and smile through the eyes,” read an excerpt from Kareena’s post.

Kareena wrapped her tribute to Saroj Khan with these final words: “There can never be another. Dance and expression can never be the same for us actors and for everyone who loved her. Love you master ji. Till we dance again… RIP.” Kareena also dug out a throwback photo from the sets of the Imtiaz Ali-directed film and shared it along with a clip of the song.

Read Kareena’s post for “Master ji” Saroj Khan here:

During her illustrious career, Saroj Khan won the National Award thrice, one of which was for the song Yeh Ishq Haye in 2008. She also won National Awards for Dola Re Dola from Devdas and all songs of the Tamil film Sringaram.

Saroj Khan’s last choreographed song remains Tabah Ho Gaye from Kalank.





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"Saroj Khan, Will Always Be Grateful": Madhuri Dixit's Tribute To Her "Friend And Guru"

“Saroj Khan, Will Always Be Grateful”: Madhuri Dixit’s Tribute To Her “Friend And Guru”


Saroj Khan died at the age of 71 (courtesy Instagram)

Highlights

  • “I’m devastated by the loss,” tweeted Madhuri Dixit
  • “The world has lost an amazingly talented person,” she added
  • “I will miss you,” Madhuri wrote in her tweet

New Delhi:

“I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan,” tweeted actress Madhuri Dixit, who was the star of several iconic Bollywood songs choreographed by Saroj Khan. The veteran choreographer died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on July 3. She was 71. Madhuri Dixit, who also worked with Saroj Khan in the choreographer’s last Bollywood project – 2019 film Kalank, credited Saroj Khan for her reputation as a legendary dancer: “Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance.” An emotional Madhuri Dixit added in her tweet: “The world has lost an amazingly talented person. I will miss you. My sincere condolences to the family.”

“She taught me a lot, not just about dance but so much more,” Madhuri wrote in an Instagram post, shared with priceless throwbacks.

Saroj Khan, who stepped into Bollywood as an independent choreographer in 1974, was recognised for her genius after choreographing Sridevi and later Madhuri Dixit for several dance numbers.

Ek Do Teen from Tezaab, Tamma Tamma Loge from Thanedaar and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta are some of Madhuri Dixit and Saroj Khan’s best known collaborations. During her illustrious career, Saroj Khan won the National Award thrice, one of which was for the song Dola Re Dola, starring Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, from Devdas.

Saroj Khan’s choreography in Tezaab song Ek Do Teen, starring Madhuri, is the reason that Filmfare included the Best Choreography Award category. Saroj Khan became the first recipient of the award and holds the record of highest wins with eight Filmfare Best Choreography Awards. She won for choreographing Madhuri Dixit songs in films such as Chaalbaaz, Beta, Sailaab, Devdas among others.

In the later part of her career, Saroj Khan worked with Madhuri Dixit in 2014’s Gulaab Gang and 2019 movie Kalank.





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"Saroj Khan Made Dance Look Easy": Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar And Other Stars Share Tributes

“Saroj Khan Made Dance Look Easy”: Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar And Other Stars Share Tributes


Saroj Khan died at the age of 71 (courtesy Instagram)

Highlights

  • Saroj Khan died at the age of 71
  • “A genius who immortalised stars,” tweeted Nimrat Kaur
  • “Big loss to dance fraternity,” tweeted choreographer Remo D’Souza

New Delhi:

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, best known for choreographing iconic Bollywood songs, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on July 3. She was 71. Tributes from the film fraternity, remembering Saroj Khan with fond memories, poured in on Twitter. “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan,” tweeted Madhuri Dixit, who was the star of several iconic dance songs, choreographed by Saroj Khan. Actor Akshay Kumar was one of the first ones to condole Saroj Khan’s death on Twitter, describing her as someone who “made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry.” Actress Manisha Koirala reacted to Saroj Khan’s death with this tweet: “It was she who taught me film dance once I joined films.” Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: “Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single-handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot.” Choreographer Farah Khan tweeted: “Rest in peace Saroj ji.. you were an inspiration to many, myself included.”

Nimrat Kaur summed up Saroj Khan’s legacy in her tweet: “A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work.” Choreographer Remo D’Souza described Saroj Khan’s death as a “Big loss to dance fraternity.” Tributes also poured in from the likes of filmmaker Kunal Kohli, Koena Mitra, Rakul Preet Singh and others.

Saroj Khan choreographed actresses Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit in several iconic dance songs such as Hawa Hawai, Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma Loge, Dha Dhak Karne Laga among others. Songs such as Dola Re Dola and Yeh Ishq Haaye are also witness to some of Saroj Khan’s genius choreography.

Saroj Khan is survived by her husband Sohanlal, son Raju, and daughters Hina and Sukanya.





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Sorry, Saif Ali Khan. You Lost The Internet At

Sorry, Saif Ali Khan. You Lost The Internet At “I Have Been A Victim Of Nepotism”


Saif Ali Khan photographed in Mumbai. (courtesy: actorsaifalikhan)

Highlights

  • “There is inequality in India that needs to be explored,” said Saif
  • “Nobody speaks of that,” he added
  • “Nepotism, favoritism and camps are different subjects,” said Saif

New Delhi:

On Twitter, #SaifAliKhan has trended all day. The reason – the 49-year-old actor dropped the “N” word (as in nepotism) during an interview. Saif, son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketing great Tiger Pataudi, steered into somewhat puzzling waters by presenting himself as a “victim of nepotism.” Before we go any further, Saif Ali Khan has, in the past, championed nepotism and also lectured the public on the intricacies of eugenics. Bearing this in mind, read what Saif told The New Indian Express in an interview: “There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favouritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. I’m happy to see more people from film institutes come to the forefront.”

While his comments on inequality and advocacy of merit are welcome, Saif’s casting of himself as having been in some way disadvantaged by nepotism instead of having benefitted by it is baffling – more so, since he offered no explanation of why he thinks he’s a victim. The Internet is not buying it. Twitter, in its element, has turned Saif Ali Khan’s claimed victimhood into memes and jokes.

There were also many tweets reminding the actor not only of his own lineage but of his legacy.

Also, how about that National Award? Saif Ali Khan won the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in 2004 rom-com Hum Tum, raising several eyebrows at the time and prompting speculation that his mother Sharmila Tagore’s office as chief of the Censor Board had been a factor in his win. Twitter is of the opinion that other performances of the year were more deserving of the award – Shah Rukh Khan’s in Swades, for instance.

“Saif Ali Khan says that he has been a victim of nepotism. Yeah that’s why you had got National Award for Hum Tum instead of SRK for Swades. Slow claps for your Saif Ali Khan,” wrote a Twitter user.

Saif Ali Khan’s talent is not in question here – performances such as Langda Tyagi in Omkara and Sartaj Singh in Sacred Games speak for themselves. However, talking about nepotism in an enlightened and sensible manner clearly seems to be as much beyond him, one of Bollywood’s more educated and cerebral members, as it is for others.

In 2017, Saif joined filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Varun Dhawan to chant “Nepotism Rocks” at the IIFA Awards – it was a response to actress Kangana Ranaut calling KJo the “flagbearer of nepotism” in Bollywood on his show Koffee With Karan. Soon after, Saif told Firstpost that those of us discussing nepotism were actually confusing it with “eugenics and genetics,” compounding his unlikely argument by writing an open letter in DNA where he compared breeding race horses to star kids.

In terms of work, Saif Ali Khan has a super busy schedule. His line-up of films includes Hunter and Bhoot Police . The actor starred in the period drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and comedy drama Jawaani Jaaneman this year.





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"Got The Feeling He Was Brighter Than I": Saif Ali Khan On Dil Bechara Co-Star Sushant Singh Rajput

“Got The Feeling He Was Brighter Than I”: Saif Ali Khan On Dil Bechara Co-Star Sushant Singh Rajput


Saif Ali Khan will make a cameo appearance in Dil Bechara. (courtesy: actorsaifalikhan)

Highlights

  • Dil Bechara is slated to release on Disney+Hotsar on July 24
  • “I thought he had a bright future,” said Saif Ali Khan
  • Saif’s daughter Sara made her Bollywood debut opposite Sushant

New Delhi:

Saif Ali Khan, who will be seen in a cameo appearance in Sushant Singh Rajput’s last project Dil Bechara, says that the late actor “had a bright future.” During a webinar organised by The New Indian Express, the actor said that Sushant was “a talented actor and a good-looking guy.” He added, “I thought he had a bright future. He was polite to me and appreciated my guest appearance in the film. He wanted to talk about many topics like astronomy and philosophy. I got the feeling he was brighter than I was.”

Dil Bechara is slated to release on Disney+Hotstar on July 24 and it will be available to both subscribers as well as non-subscribers of the streaming platform. The film is inspired by John Green’s book The Fault In Our Stars, which was also adapted into Hollywood film with the same name and it featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the lead roles. The film has been directed by casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who is making his debut as a director with the movie. Dil Bechara also stars Sanjana Sanghi and the film’s music has been composed by AR Rahman.

Saif’s daughter Sara Ali Khan made her Bollywood debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in the 2018 film Kedarnath, directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Sara remembered her first co-star by sharing a memory from the sets of the film.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at home in Mumbai on June 14 and police say it was by suicide. After his star-making performance as the lead on the show Pavitra Rishta, Sushant Singh Rajput made his film debut in 2013’s Kai Po Che! His impressive filmography includes Kedarnath, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Raabta, Chhichhore and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Mr Rajput was last seen in 2019’s Drive.

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Viral: When Aamir Khan Crashed Daughter Ira

Viral: When Aamir Khan Crashed Daughter Ira’s Workout Video


Aamir and Ira in a still from the video. (courtesy: poznictraining)

Highlights

  • “Next time, I will force him,” said Ira
  • David trained Aamir for Dhoom 3 and PK
  • The video was shared by David Poznic on Instagram

New Delhi:

Guess who came to say “hello” in Ira Khan’s latest workout video? It was none other than her father and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. Ira Khan was working out with fitness trainer David Poznic virtually. David, who trained Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 as well as PK, asked the actor if he wanted to join the session, to which Aamir replied that he just came to say hi. Ira added, “Next time, I will force him.” Sharing the video from the video session, David wrote: “Back when I was training Aamir for Dhoom 3 and PK, Ira used to hang out with us a lot, but would basically run away when I tried to get her to work out! Many years have passed, and now we’re diving into weekly workouts with plenty of pushups, squat variations, and some fun with feet in the air. This session also included a fun surprise hello from Aamir but now the tables have turned – Ira was rocking the workout and Aamir just popped in to say hi!”

Check out the video here:

On Tuesday, in an Instagram post, Aamir Khan stated that members of his staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The actor and his family members have tested negative. “This is to inform you that some of my staff have tested positive. They were immediately quarantined, and the BMC officials were very prompt and efficient in taking them to a medical facility. I would like to thank the BMC for taking such good care of them, and for fumigating and sterilising the entire society,” read Aamir Khan’s statement.

Aamir Khan’s next project is Laal Singh Chaddha, a Hindi remake of the 1994 film Forrest Gump, which featured Tom Hanks in the lead role. The film will also star Aamir’s 3 Idiots co-stars Kareena Kapoor and Mona Singh.

Ira is the younger of Aamir Khan’s two children with his first wife Reena Dutta. Ira has studied music, while her brother Junaid often assists his father in filmmaking. Aamir Khan is now married to filmmaker Kiran Rao and the couple are parents to eight-year-old son named Azad. Ira made her directorial debut with a theatrical adaptation of Euripides’ Medea, which featured Hazel Keech in the titular role. It premiered in different cities across India in December last year.





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Sara Ali Khan, Back To Work, Greets The Paparazzi. See Pics

Sara Ali Khan, Back To Work, Greets The Paparazzi. See Pics


Sara Ali Khan photographed in Mumbai. (courtesy: sarafan219)

Highlights

  • Sara was photographed at Aanand L Rai’s office
  • Sara will star in his film Atrangi Re
  • The film also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush

New Delhi:

Sara Ali Khan, who frequently greets the paparazzi with a bright smile, did just that as she stepped out on Tuesday afternoon after a long time. Flashbulbs popped at the 24-year-old actress while she was photographed outside filmmaker Aanand L Rai’s office in Mumbai. Sara was seen dressed in a soft pink kurta and a printed pair of pyjama. She accessorised her look with a matching handbag and bangles and was seen wearing a printed mask. For the uninitiated, Sara Ali Khan has signed a film titled Atrangi Re with Aanand L Rai. The film also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush.

Here are the pictures from Sara Ali Khan’s day out:

Sara announced her association with the project in January this year and she wrote: “I can’t believe my luck,” on working with director Aanand L Rai, composer AR Rahman and stars Akshay and Dhanush. The Love Aaj Kal actress wrote: “Blessed to be working with Aanand L Rai sir, in an AR Rahman musical. And so thankful to have Akshay Kumar Sir join hands with the extremely talented and incredibly humble Dhanush and myself.” Atrangi Re is being jointly presented by T Series, Colour Yellow Productions and Cape Of Good Films.

Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, made her Bollywood debut in 2018 with Kedarnath, alongside late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She also starred in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, opposite Ranveer Singh. Sara’s last theatrical release was Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, co-starring Kartik Aaryan. Sara Ali Khan’s impressive line-up of films also includes David Dhawan’s Coolie No 1 remake, co-starring Varun Dhawan.





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