Khan's funeral was held on Friday morning at a cemetery in suburban Malad, Mumbai. "We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meeting will be held after three days," Sukaina Khan, daughter of the famous dance master, told news agency PTI.
The three-time National Award winner was not keeping well for some time. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra on June 20 after she complained of breathing issues. She had tested negative for COVID-19.
Earlier in the day, Khan's nephew Manish Jagwani had confirmed the news to the news agency. He said, "She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital."
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs. Khan's best work was with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, the prominent dancing stars of the '80s and '90s.
The choreographer, whose parents migrated to India after the Partition, started her career in the film industry as a child artiste at the age of three, and later worked as a background dancer.
She was born as Nirmala, but later converted to Islam. Khan learnt dance while working under film choreographer B Sohanlal. They got married when she was 13 and he was 41.
Saroj Khan, veteran Bollywood choreographer, passes away due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai
She got her first break as an independent choreographer with "Geeta Mera Naam" in 1974 but it took Sridevi's "Hawa Hawai" and "Kaate Nahi Kat Te" from 1987 film "Mr India" for her to receive acclaim as a dance choreographer of repute.
There was no looking back for Khan after the success of the movie. She choreographed Sridevi in films such as "Nagina" and "Chandni" as well.
But it was her work with Madhuri Dixit that made her famous.
Starting with "Ek Do Teen" in "Tezaab", she choreographed Madhuri in "Tamma Tamma Loge" in "Thanedar" and "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" in "Beta" and "Dola Re Dola" from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Devdas".
She last choreographed "Tabaah Hogaye"for Madhuri in filmmaker Karan Johar's production "Kalank" in 2019.
Khan's death comes at a time when the film industry is already grappling with the loss of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Basu Chatterjee and Sushant Singh Rajput in recent months.
Khan is survived by son Raju and daughter Sukaina.
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3 Comments on this Story
J Silva37 days ago
She was 13 and he was 41....something to thin about....
ersanjeev Koul37 days ago
Rest in peace sister.
Divyesh Y Pandya37 days ago