Age: 71 Years
Death Date: 03/07/2020
|Real Name||Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Nagpal|
|Nickname(s)||Moti Bachi, Masterji|
|Name Earned||The Mother of Dance/Choreography|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 148 cm
in meters- 1.48 m
in feet & inches- 4’ 10”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Debut||Film (Child Artist): Nazarana (1952)
Film (Choreographer): Mausam (1975)
TV (As a Judge): Nach Baliye Season 1 (2005)
|Last Film||Kalank (2019; As a choreographer)|
|Date of Birth||22 November 1948 (Monday)|
|Birthplace||Bombay, Bombay State, Dominion of India (Present day: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)|
|Date of Death||3 July 2020 (Friday)|
|Place of Death||Guru Nanak Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai|
|Age (at the time of death)||71 Years|
|Death Cause||Cardiac Arrest|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Religion||Saroj Khan was a Hindu by birth. However, she later converted to Islam.|
|Controversies||• Saroj Khan landed into a controversy after she spoke in favour of the practice of casting couch in the film industry. Saroj, while talking about the casting couch practice in Bollywood, said that at least the film industry provided people employment, it didn’t rape and abandon artists. Her comments faced an outrage on social media.
• Saroj Khan once accused Bollywood choreographer, Ganesh Acharya of sexually harassing struggling dancers and choreographers. However, later Acharaya filed a defamation case on Saroj and said that Saroj was trying to tarnish his image.
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||• B. Sohanlal (Choreographer)
• Sardar Roshan Khan (Businessman)
|Husband/Spouse||• B. Sohanlal (Ex-husband)
• Sardar Roshan Khan
|Children||Son- Raju Khan (From her first marriage with B. Sohanlal; Choreographer)
Daughter(s)- Hina Khan (From her first marriage with B. Sohanlal; Died when she was 8 months old), Sukaina khan (From her second marriage with Sardar Roshan Khan)
|Parents||Father- Late Kishanchand Sadhu Singh
Mother- Noni Sadhu Singh
|Siblings||Saroj had one younger brother and three younger sisters.|
|Actor(s)||Anil Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan|
|Actress(es)||Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Saroj Khan
- Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Nagpal, popularly known as Saroj Khan, was one of the well-known choreographers of the Hindi cinema.
- In a career spanning over forty years, Khan had choreographed more than 2000 songs.
- She was born in a well-to-do family in Mumbai. However, her family moved to India from Pakistan post the India-Pakistan partition and lost all their wealth.
- Her family was based in Pakistan from where her parents moved to India after Indian-Pakistan partition.
- While in childhood, Saroj started dancing after looking at her shadow on the floor. When her mother noticed her dancing after her shadow, she took her to a doctor, thinking Saroj was mentally ill. However, the doctor told her mother that that she was all fine and all she wanted was to dance so she should let her do so. He even asked her mother to put Saroj in the film industry.
- At the age of three, Saroj appeared as a child artist in the film, “Nazarana.”
- She, then, worked as a background dancer in the song, ‘Aiye Meheraban’ from the film, “Howrah Bridge.”
- Thereafter, she started learning dance from the film choreographer, B. Sohanlal.
- While learning dance from Sohanlal, Saroj fell in love with him. Mere at the age of thirteen, Saroj tied the knot with Sohanlal, who was 41 years old then and was a father of four children. However, at that time Saroj was not aware of his previous marriage and kids.
- During an interview, when asked about her marriage with Sohanlal, Saroj said,
I used to study in school those days, then one day my dance master Sohanlal tied a black thread around my neck and I got married.”
- When Saroj was 14 years old, she gave birth to her first child, Hamid Khan (a popular choreographer, known by the name of Raju Khan).
- Saroj parted ways with Sohanlal in 1965, but the couple again got united after after Sohanlal suffered a hear attack.
- After learning dance for about an year, Saroj started working as an assistant choreographer to B. Sohanlal.
- The song “Nigahein Milane Ko Jee Chahta Hai” from the film ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai’ was the first song that Saroj choreographed.
- She started her career as an independent choreographer in 1974 with the film, “Geeta Mera Naam.”
- Saroj had to work hard for around 10 years before tasting success in the 80s.
- It was the song “Main Naagin Tu Sapera” featuring Sridevi that earned Saroj recognition
- She was then praised for her choreography in Mr. India’s song, “Hawaa Hawaai.”
- Khan, then, went on to choreograph many songs for Madhuri Dixit like “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga,” “Ek Do Teen,” “Tamma Tamma Loge” and “Dola Re Dola.” The songs became a huge hit and established Saroj as a successful choreographer in Bollywood.
- Khan has worked as a choreographer in many Bollywood films like “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” “Guru,” “Tanu Weds Manu Returns,” “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi,” and “Jab We Met.”
- Besides being a choreographer, she has also judged many dance reality shows like “Nach Baliye,” “Ustaadon ka Ustaad,” and “Boogie Woogie.”
- She even hosted the dance based show, “Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan” on NDTV Imagine in 2008.
- In 2012, a documentary on Saroj Khan titled “The Saroj Khan Story” was released by PSBT and Films Division of India.
- Saroj was the first choreographer to have received the Filmfare Best Choreography Award. In fact, the category of Best Choreography was introduced by Filmfare after watching her choreography in the song, “Ek Do Teen” from the film, ‘Tezaab.’ Not just this, Saroj held the record for winning maximum number of Filmfare Awards for the Best Choreographer category.
- Khan was also the recipient of maximum number of National Film Awards in the Best Choreography category (three wins).
- Saroj considered Madhuri Dixit as her favourite student.
- The last song that Saroj choreographed was “Tabaah Hogaye,” from the film, “Kalank” featuring Madhuri Dixit.
- On 17 June 2020, Saroj Khan was admitted to Mumbai’s Guru Nanak Hospital after complaining about breathing difficulty. On 3 July 2020, she died of a cardiac arrest.