Saroj Khan, veteran Bollywood choreographer dies at 71

Veteran Bollywood choreographer and three-time National Award winner Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital on Friday. She was 71. Ms Khan was taken to Guru Nanak Hospital on June 20 after complaining of breathing trouble although a test for COVID-19 gave a negative result.

Saroj Khan, winner of three National Awards, choreographed some of Bollywood’s most iconic dance hits – many of these starred actresses Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. Ms Khan’s earliest routines were for Sridevi in films like Mr India, Nagina and Chandni; she choreographed the quirky moves in Hawa Hawai. Later, she worked with Madhuri Dixit on Tezaab’s Ek Do Teen, Thaanedaar’s Tamma Tamma Loge, Beta’s Dha Dhak Karne Laga and others numbers.

“Last week, it seemed that Saroj Khan would be home soon from hospital. She is fine now and recovering. She had breathing issues and was taken to hospital for that. Her COVID-19 test was done which turned out negative. She doesn’t have any symptoms. She is likely to be discharged in a day or two,” a family source told the media.