Saroj Khan, choreographer behind hundreds of Bollywood hits, dies aged 71

Leading actresses including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular songs Khan had choreographed

Khan passed away at around 1.30am on Friday after a cardiac arrest.

She also spoke about the attractive bond she shared with her mother and said, "Every woman would agree with me that raising children alone is a very hard job. She was the queen, and gave choreographers the respect they deserve".

She was present in the Bollywood scene, though not dominantly, through the 70s and 80s, but became a household name after the legendary Hawa Hawai featuring Sridevi put her on the Bollywood map like a landmark. Her note for her masterji could be read as "I'm devastated & at an utter loss of words today!"

Khan was also known for her work on the films Lamhe, Mr. India and Chandni, notably choreographing routines to more than 2,000 songs over the course of her career.

Her last film was the 2019 flop "Kalank" ("Blemish") starring Dixit among a host of newer stars like Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan.

In later years, she continued to work with several female stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Kajol and Urmila Matondkar. She was 71 years old.

I bow to her talent, her pulse on the music and lyrical interpretation through dance, and her knowledge of camera - to capture the essence of the beauty of dance.

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Sharing about one particular memory while filming a song for Bandhe Haath, Amitabh Bachchan wrote that at one point, Saroj Khan's foetus had shifted in her stomach, but she simply pushed it in place and kept dancing. Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance.

She summed up her heartfelt tribute saying that "there can never be another".

She choreographed thousands of songs, created innumerable hits, won a dozen prestigious awards and had millions of fans in India and globally.

"There can never be another", she wrote on Instagram.

Khan's death comes at a time when the film industry is already grappling with the loss of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Basu Chatterjee and Sushant Singh Rajput in recent months. Dressed in an orange sari and embellished blouse, Madhuri was sexy without being vulgar, with a large part of the credit going to Saroj Khan's graceful choreography.

In the late '80s, Khan worked with the late Bollywood legend Sridevi Kapoor on a number of films.

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