Bollywood's beloved 'Master Ji', Saroj Khan, passed away late on Thursday night after suffering from a cardiac arrest. Khan, aged 71, was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai after complaining of difficulty in breathing. The iconic choreographer, who is best known for hits like Hawa Hawai, Chandni, Tama Tamma, Ek Do Teen, Dola Re Dola and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga, had a mandatory COVID-19 test done at the hospital. However, she tested negative for the virus.
"She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2:30 am at the hospital," Ms Khan's nephew Manish Jagwani was quoted saying to the news agency PTI.
Born in 1948, Saroj Khan started her career as a child artist at the early age of 3. She graduated to a back-up dancer in the 1950s, and she began working with choreographer B Sohanlal.
She began filling in as a choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam (1974), however, it was only while working with Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit during the 80s and 90s that her profession reached new statures. Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986), Chandni (1989), Tezaab (1988), and Thanedaar (1990) had some memorable songs choreographed by her. She also worked together with Madhuri again in Kalank (2018)
Khan, who has been a three-time National award winner has choreographed over 2000 songs in her career span of four decades. Some of the most popular Bollywood tracks include Ye Ishq Haaye featuring Kareena Kapoor from the 2007 film Jab We Met, Ek Do Teen featuring Madhuri Dixit from Tezaab, Dola Re Dola from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan. She has also previously been a part of a reality dance show as a judge.
The veteran choreographer will be laid to rest at the Ahle Sunnat cemetery in Malad, in the presence of her family.
Bollywood celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay a tribute to their dear 'Master Ji'.