January 20, 2021 | 7:57 AM IST
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Ace choreographer Saroj Khan passes away due to cardiac arrest

Veteran Choreographer Saroj Khan (71) passed away on Friday at 1.52 am at the Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Mumbai following a cardiac arrest. She was hospitalized since June 17 after she had breathing issues. Khan was a severe diabetic and suffered from various other age-related ailments. 

In her 40 years of career, Khan has choreographed over 2,000 songs and boosted the careers of actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, and others.

She shot to fame in 1987 with super-hit Hawa Hawai from Mr. India. She also has best dance numbers like Ek Do Teen (Tezaab), Ye Ishq Haaye (Jab We Met), Chane ke Khet Me (Anjaam), Dhak Dhak (Beta), and the evergreen Dola Re Dola (Devdas) to her credit. 

The ace dancer also judged reality shows such as Nach Baliye, Ustaadon ka Ustaad, Boogie Woogie, and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and hosted the dance show Nachle ve with Saroj Khan. 

The three-time national winner (2003, 2006 and 2008), was also the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Choreography Award and was also honoured with the Nandi Award (1998) and the American Choreography Award (2002). 

As soon as the news of her death spread, Bollywood extended their condolences on social media. 

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan posted his condolences stating, “Prayers. Folded hands, uneasy mind.”

Madhuri Dixit, who has time and again attributed the success of her dance career to Khan, tweeted, , “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan. 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 Broken heart My sincere condolences to the family. #RIPSarojji.”

Music composer-singer Shankar Mahadevan wrote, "Really heartbreaking news. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever. May her soul rest in peace.”

The last rites will be performed today at Malvani in Malad, Mumbai.

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