Ace choreographer Saroj Khan passed away due to cardiac arrest at just 71 and the news has saddened not just the Bollywood industry but the nation at large. She was an institution especially for those from the 80's and the 90's. In a career of forty years, she touched many lives, made many actresses sway gracefully with her most successful collaborations being Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit Nene.
Having choreographed almost 2000 songs, Saroj Khan who was born as Nirmala Nagpal, started her career at the age of three by essaying young Shyama onscreen in Nazarana. Under the mentorship of dance director B. Sohanlal, she then became a background dancer in the 1950s. She became a choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam (1974), and then there was no looking back.
Saroj Khan made late actress Sridevi move to the beats of "Mr. India" song “Hawa Hawai” (1987), and also worked with her "Chandni" and "Nagina". Then came in the beautiful camaraderie of Madhuri Dixit and Saroj Khan which gave us cinema lovers some memorable dance performances on tracks like “Ek Do Teen”, “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, and “Tamma Tamma”.