An ace choreographer who was meant to make it big, Saroj Khan started her journey when she was just taking baby steps. Nirmala Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Nagpal, better known as Saroj Khan, joined the film industry at the tender age of three years. Post partition when her parents moved to India, she made her debut on the silver screen with the movie Nazarana (1950) wherein she played the role of little Shyama.
After this, there was no looking back. Her talent, zeal and persistence took her miles ahead. In her four decades with the Hindi film industry, Saroj Khan won the ntional award thrice. Having choreographed more than 2000 songs, Saroj Khan will forever be remembered in the annals of Indian cinema.
Though Saroj Khan made her debut as an independent choreographer in Gulzar’s Mausam (1975), her first breakthrough came with Subhash Ghai’s film Hero (1983). With her hard work, she successfully crafted the careers of many filmstars including Madhuri Dixit Nene and Late Sridevi. The turning point of her career was choreographing Sridevi’s ‘Nagin dance’ in the film Nagina (1986).
Madhuri Dixit, who addressed Saroj as ‘Guruji Khan’ came to the limelight with the song “Ek Do Teen” from the film Tezaab choreographed by her. Apart from this, the duo worked together in several other songs in Khalnayak, where she choreographed the hit song “Choli Ke Peechhe”.
She will be fondly remembered for her work in movies like Mr. India, Chandani, Tezaab, Thanedar, Lagaan and more recently Tanu weds Manu. Her choreography for major blockbusters including Jab We Met, Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam amongst others fetched her the prestigious National Awards and coveted Filmfare Awards. She was also seen in the avatar of a judge in multiple dance reality shows
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