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Missing Saroj Khan…Bollywood’s Divas Mourn 



Saroj Khan

Shekhar Kapur:  “Saroj was a  genius.  A genius in the art of movement. A genius in the art of expression. And would give of herself with such enthusiasm and energy.There would be this lady sitting laughing and chatting on the set. And the music would come on. All eyes would turn to her.Suddenly she would get up and dance. She would become another being,  almost out of her body into her spirit. It was mesmerizing to watch her.She was a creative genius.”

Shabana Azmi: “It’s a great loss to the Hindi film song . Her repertoire from Kaate nahi kat-te to dhak dhak karne laga, ek do teen chaar paanch .. to Dola re dola is incredible . Grace , mobile quicksilver change of expressions were her hallmark exemplied best by Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. I worked with her early in our careers in  Sweekar Kiya Maine and Lorie   and she was infinitely kind and encouraging .She lives on in her work .RIP Saroj-ji.”

Bipasha  Basu:  “Saroj Khan will be legendary forever in Indian film industry. I did my first song with her in my first film Ajnabee with her. Me being a non-dancer and getting to work with her was super-exciting and nerve-wracking for me.But she made me perform. Post that I worked with her many a times. She used to call me Sophia Loren .Our movies and our songs and all of us will miss her tremendously.”

Aditi Rao Hydari “I’m really sad I’m not in Mumbai and couldn’t see her at the hospital before  it was  too late. She was truly a legend and has left us such a huge legacy. She was one of the first people who told me I should come to Mumbai and become an actor .I always wanted to but didn’t know how it could be possible. When she said it I thought maybe I could. She called me three times after that .Once for the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris. More recently for a Kathak Style piece in a Marathi film. We had only 6 hours to shoot and she taught me the piece herself. And once when her daughter was in hospital she wanted me to be with her so I went. If she wanted me to do something I did it – For her. She was too senior and I was too new But I really really respected her. Every pore of her body danced. And when she showed me a dance step   I’d forget to learn I  just watch her, and I was  dancing again.”

Dia  Mirza: “She was someone whose iconic songs I grew up dancing to. When I finally got to work with her in   the  song  Bahon mein nahi rehna from Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai I discovered what an extraordinary life she had had. Her dedication to her work, her magical eyes, her kindness, the fluidity of her craft.She was so affectionate and patient with me. Learnt a lot from her.
I met her last when she came for a night to shoot for Thappad. I don’t know why but she always gave me a lot of love. And I loved her back. I will  remember  her  for  the biggest warmest hugs, the kindest words.”

Asha  Parekh “A very hard working woman and very gutsy , she was a true choreographer. Her work with Sridevi  and  Madhuri Dixit is   unsurpassable. As a trained dancer I can see the  fluidity  of  the movements,  the   grace of the steps. Unfortunately Saroj Khan redefined  choreography at  a time when I had  almost retired from acting.”

Rati Agnihotri: “I got to work with Sarojji in Dil Tujhko  Diya.  A huge loss .She  was  our best choreographer .She  was   not only the best in her field but an absolute delight to be choreographed by.An amazing lady of grit.Sarojji I will miss you .My respect for  you eternal.”

Siyami Kher: “Deeply saddened by this news. Sarojji was the epitome of grace. She paved the way for how choreography should be done. I always wished I could have worked with her. This is a huge loss for our industry.”

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