Saroj Khan was one of the prominent and leading Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. With a career span of over forty years, she choreographed more than 2000 tunes and is known as “The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India”. She passed on 3 July 2020 due to a sudden cardiac arrest. Saroj Khan had choreographed the most popular songs in the Hindi cinema and was not keeping well for the time.
Saroj Khan, the three-time National Award winner was credited for her yearlong contribution in Bollywood. Her list of credits includes iconic numbers such as Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta (1992), Ek Do Teen from Tezaab (1988), Hawa Hawai from Mr. India (1987), and many more. Saroj Khan was a prominent Indian dance choreographer in Hindi cinema. She was born on 22nd November 1948 and has choreographed more than 200 films.
National Film Awards
Saroj Khan was the recipient of the most National Film Awards for Best Choreography with three wins.
Year – 2003; Film- Devdas (song) Dola re Dola – Won Best Choreography
Year – 2006; Film – Sringaram – All Songs – Won Best Choreography
Year – 2008; Film – Jab we met – “Yeh Ishq Haaye”- Won Best Choreography
Filmfare Best Choreography Award
Saroj Khan was the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Choreography Award. Filmfare instituted this award after watching par excellence choreography and gathering people reaction to Khan’s song “Ek Do Teen” from Tezaab. Saroj Khan went on to have a hat-trick at the Filmfare awards winning consistently for 3 years from 1989 to 1991. She moreover held the record for winning 8 Filmfare Choreographer Awards.
- 2008 – Guru
- 2003 – Devdas
- 2000 – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
- 1994 – Khalnayak
- 1993 – Beta
- 1991 – Sailaab for the song “Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”
- 1990 – Chaalbaaz
- 1989 – Tezaab
After making her debut as an independent choreographer in Gulzar’s Mausam (1975), her first breakthrough came with Subhash Ghai’s Hero (1983), but it was Sridevi’s Nagin dance in Nagina (1986) where she was noticed for her talent, followed up by Mr. India. Next, she worked with Madhuri Dixit in ‘Ek Do Teen’ number, Tezaab (1989) and later in Khalnayak, where she choreographed the Choli Ke Peeche’ number. She is also called ‘moti bachi’ by her family and friends. She has also appeared as a judge on reality dance competitions shows such as Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
She was a trained dancer by B. Sohanlal. Saroj Khan’s real name is Nirmala Sadhu Songh. Her father is Kishanchand Sadhu Singh and Mother is Noni Sadhu Singh. Saroj Khan’s parents relocated from Pakistan to India amid the partition in 1947. Saroj worked as a child on-screen character within the movie Tarana when she was only two years old. You’ll not discover her name in the cast but she played the small Shayama sitting on the moon and singing.
She embraced Islam before getting married and still is a Muslim. At the age of thirteen, Saroj Khan married B. Sohanlal who was a well-known dance master at that time. Sohanlal was 41 years old and was already married with 4 children. At the age of fourteen, she gave birth to her to first child Hamid Khan, who is presently a popular choreographer by the title of Raju Khan.
She separated from Sohanlal in 1965 but kept working as his assistant. They reunited once more when Sohanlal had a heart attack. Saroj Khan had another child from Sohan Lal, her daughter Hina Khan (cuckoo). Sohanlal at that point moved to Madras leaving Saroj Khan and two children. A short time later she got married to Sardar Roshan Khan and gave birth to a daughter named Sukaina Khan, who presently runs a dance institute established in Dubai.
Saroj Khan was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Mumbai on 17 June 2020, because of breathing difficulties, and died of cardiac arrest early on Friday, 3 July 2020. She is survived by son Hamid Khan and daughter Sukainae Khan.