One of the finest choreographers in the Hindi film industry, Saroj Khan was not only the first woman in her field in Bollywood but also someone who fought for her place in the male dominated Hindi film industry.
She had a film career spanning more than 60 years, she choreographed more than 3000 songs and was the creator of some of the industry’s most famous dance scenes in the 1980s and ’90s.
Born to refugee parents in then Bombay, Saroj became a child artiste in the early 1950s at the age of 3 and later became an assistant choreographer at the age of 12.
She won three National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards, the most any choreographer has received.
Fondly called ‘Masterji’ by stars whom she choreographed, she has left behind a legacy in dance.
Her most famous collaborations were with actors Madhuri Dixit and the late Sridevi.
Madhuri Dixit and Saroj Khan shared a deep friendship. Most of Dixit's popular songs have been choreographed by Khan.
Sridevi and Saroj Khan worked together in movies like Mr Bechara, Judaai, Nagina, Mr India, Chandni, and others.
In a 2014 interview with Brut India, Saroj Khan talked about her journey of becoming a choreographer.
Her dedication towards her craft was so zealous that on the day of her daughter's funeral, she had boarded a flight to shoot for a song, she revealed.
In the video, she can be seen saying that her daughter who was just eight months old had died and she had buried her.
On the same day, she had left for the shooting of Hare Krishna Hare Ram’s 'Dum Maaro Dum' song.
The last film Saroj Khan worked on was the 2019 period drama “Kalank,” which reunited her with Ms. Dixit. Over the past two decades, she had also become a familiar face on Indian television, as a judge on dance shows.