Another blow for Bollywoood. Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital early Friday. She was 71.
According to reports, the three-time National Award winner was hospitalized last Saturday after she complained of breathlessness. She tested negative for COVID-19.
Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs in her career spanning more than 40 years. Leading actresses including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular songs Khan had produced.
Khan started her acting career at the age of 3 in a Bollywood film. She later shifted to choreography and got her break in 1974. She never looked back and created some of Bollywood’s most popular film songs.
She won acclaim for songs in movies Mr India, Chandni, Beta, Tezaab, Don, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Baazigar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Gulab Gang. Some of her most noted works include Hawa Hawai, Dola Re and Yeh Ishq Hai.
Khan was buried in a Mumbai cemetery on Friday, her nephew Manish Jagwani told reporters.
She is survived by her husband and three children.
Soon after the news of her death was announced, Bollywood mourned her death and celebrities including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar, Kajol and Amitabh Bachchan recalled their fondest memories of her.