Well known Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies aged 71
Saroj Khan, One of the most celebrated and most prominent choreographers in India has died at the age of 71.
Khan’s career took off in the late 1980s, when she worked on a slew of hit numbers with leading stars like Madhuri Dixit and the late Sridevi.
She died of cardiac arrest in hospital in Mumbai city, local media discloses.
Her nephew, Manish Jagwani also confirmed to PTI news agency that Khan died of cardiac arrest.
Born in 1948, her coming into the Bollywood film industry was as a child artist.
In the 1950s, Khan became a back-up dancer, appearing in films like Bimal Roy’s Madhumati, where she was choreographed by dance director B Sohanlal, who she later married.
From here on, Khan’s career evolved into that of an assistant choreographer until 1974, when she got her break in the movie Geeta Mera Naam.
Khan choreographed Sridevi in the song Hawa Hawai from the 1987 blockbuster hit Mr India, kicking off her career as a dance director to be reckoned with.
Bollywood took to Twitter to mourn Khan’s death of this celebrated star, with many, such as superstar Akshay Kumar and director Kunal Kohli, thanking her for her work.