Saroj Khan’s 75th birth anniversary today, Saroj Khan taught dance on 2000 songs

Today is the 75th birth anniversary of famous Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan. Born to Kishanchand Sandhu and Noni Singh, Saroj’s real name was Nirmala Nagpal. He was born on November 22, 1948.
After Partition, Saroj’s family came to India from Pakistan. He started his career as a child artist with the film ‘Nazarana’ at the age of just 3 years.
Saroj Khan choreographed about two thousand songs in her career of 40 years. He also won the National Award three times. Saroj was also seen as a judge in many reality shows like ‘Nach Baliye’, ‘Ustadon Ke Ustad’, ‘Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan’, ‘Boogie-Woogie’, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’.
Saroj Khan converted to Islam at the age of 13 and married 43-year-old dance master B Sohanlal. This was the second marriage of Sohanlal, who was about 30 years older than Saroj. He was already the father of four children.
In an interview, Saroj had told that at the age of 13, she used to go to school and did not know the meaning of marriage. One day her dance master Sohanlal tied a black thread around her neck, on doing so Saroj felt that she was married.
Saroj married Sohanlal when she was of school going age. At that time she did not know that Sohanlal was already married and the father of 4 children. Saroj came to know about his first wife in 1963, when their son Raju Khan was born.
In 1965, their second child was born, who died after 8 months. When Sohanlal refused to give his name to both Saroj’s children, their paths parted. After a few years, Sohanlal had a heart attack, then Saroj took great care of him. Then Saroj gave birth to daughter Kuku. After the birth of the daughter, Sohanlal left Saroj and went away and then Saroj raised the children alone.
‘Geeta Mera Naam’, released in 1974, was the first film in which Saroj Khan choreographed. Sadhna was in the lead role in this film. He choreographed Sridevi’s song Hawa-Hawai (1987) in the film ‘Mr. India’ and the dance number ‘Ek Do Teen…’ filmed on Madhuri in ‘Tezaab’ in 1988 was a huge hit. The song ‘Dhak-Dhak Karne Laga’ from the 1992 film ‘Beta’ and ‘Dola Re Dola…’ filmed on Madhuri-Aishwarya from 2002’s ‘Devdas’ are also her most hit dance numbers.

All the big Bollywood actresses were seen dancing in his choreography. Saroj Khan taught dance to actresses like Sadhana, Vyjayantimala, Helen, Sharmila Tagore, Waheeda Rehman, Zeenat Aman to Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Karisma, Urmila Tagore, Aishwarya Rai and Kareena Kapoor. Madhuri was his favorite star. She also taught dance steps to many actresses of South India.
There was a time when there was a dispute between Saroj Khan and Salman Khan. Salman had told him that he would never work with him. Actually, this incident happened during the time of Salman and Aamir Khan starrer film Andaz Apna Apna. Saroj Khan was the choreographer of this film.
In a song of the film, Saroj Khan gave more dance steps to Aamir while gave only one step to Salman. Salman became angry with this. In an old interview with Zoom, Saroj had said- ‘Salman became so angry that he said that the day he becomes a big star, he will never work with me after that day.’ ​​​​​​​’
Saroj said- Salman was very hurt. He did not work with me for many years. Although it was not my fault. I did whatever director Rajkumar Santoshi told me. Whatever I said, if anyone felt bad, I am sorry, but I had told them then what would happen if you do not work with me. Allah gives bread…not you.
In the last phase of her life, Saroj had to face a lot of financial problems. In March 2019, there were reports that due to not getting work in the industry, she had to earn her living by teaching classical dance.
After this Salman Khan came forward to help him. Keeping the promise, Salman gave the responsibility of training Sai Manjrekar in Dabangg 3 to Saroj Khan.
Saroj Khan choreographed the last song for Karan Johar’s multi-starrer film ‘Kalank’ released in April 2019. Its lyrics were ‘Devastated…’. His favorite actress Madhuri Dixit was also seen in this song. He died on July 3, 2020.

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