Till we dance again, Saroj ji!

Fri Jul 3
Till we dance again, Saroj ji!

When we see some of the most flawless dance performances in Bollywood, we kinda always know that the act was woven together by none other than Saroj Khan ji a.k.a masterji. Touted as the one of the finest dance choreographers the industry has seen, Saroj ji was nothing but dear to every actor! She has choreographed more than 2000 songs, some of the most memorable ones are Dola re dola, Chane ke khet mein, Yeh ishq haye, Tabah ho gaye et cetera. She made dance look effortless and she made sure you danced with the widest smile and the most epic expressions. Dance meant the world to her and she meant so much to actors from various generations. From Amitabh Bachchan to Madhuri Dixit, Varun Dhawan to Alia Bhatt, everybody has been a part of her journey!

Here’s how Bollywood expressed themselves –

 

#1 Madhuri Dixit Nene

 

 

#2 Amitabh Bachchan

 

 

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You rest .. you rest well .. you rise .. you realise the hours .. you seek the elixir .. you devour .. you get to connect .. … and .. .. you be informed in this communicative world .. Saroj Khan has died .. .. and an entire history of time races before you in the cerebrum .. She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody .. .. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing .. .. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and .. .. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ .. .. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement .. Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said “ I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song ‘khaike paan.. was on , see it and come out .. I used to do it regularly every day .. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave .. that is how much I enjoyed your dance moves ..” !! coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away .. 🙏

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#3 Kajol

 

 

#4 Akshay Kumar

 

 

#5 Kareena Kapoor Khan

 

#6 Taapsee Pannu

 

#7 Sanjay Dutt

 

#8 Soha Ali Khan

 

 

#9  Abhishek Bachchan

 

#10 Sidharth Malhotra

 

#11 Nimrat Kaur

 

#12 Riteish Deshmukh

 

#13 Genelia Deshmukh

 

 

Rest in Peace Saroj Khan ji! You will be missed!

 

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