Nirmala Nagpal, popularly known as Saroj Khan (22 November 1948 - July 3, 2020) was one of the most prominent Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. She was born at the Bombay State (present day Maharashtra), India. With a career span of over forty years, she choreographed more than 2000 songs and is known as "The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India".
1.1 Television appearances
2 Selected filmography
3 Awards and recognitions
5 See also
7 External links
Born Nirmala, her parents migrated to India after partition of India. She started her career as a child artist at the age of three with the film Nazarana as child Shyama, and a background dancer in the late 1950s. She learnt dance while working under film choreographer B. Sohanlal. Later, she herself shifted to choreography, first as an assistant choreographer and later getting her break as an independent choreographer, with Geeta Mera Naam (1974). However, she had to wait many years to receive acclaim, which came with her work with Sridevi; Hawa Hawai in Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986) and Chandni (1989), and later with Madhuri Dixit, starting with the hit Ek Do Teen in Tezaab (1988), Tamma Tamma Loge in Thanedaar (1990) and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga in Beta (1992). Thereafter, she went on to become one of the most successful Bollywood choreographers.
In 2014, Khan worked with Madhuri Dixit again in Gulaab Gang. She was on the advisory board of Rishihood University.
Saroj Khan appeared on a reality dance show as a member of the jury in 2005 Nach Baliye, which aired on STAR One along with two other judges. She also appeared in the second season of the same show. She has recently been a judge for the show Ustaadon Ka Ustaad, which is aired on Sony Entertainment Television (India). She appeared on the 2008 show Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan, which was aired on NDTV Imagine. She choreographed for this show. She appeared on Sony's Boogie Woogie (TV series) show from December 2008 as one of the judges, along with Javed Jaffrey, Naved Jaffrey and Ravi Behl. She was a judge on the third season of a popular show – Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, which began on 27 February 2009 and was aired on Sony Entertainment Television (India) alongside former Nach Baliye judge Vaibhavi Merchant and actress Juhi Chawla.
She was judging the dance reality show Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan. She has hosted and completed Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan.
In 2012, The Saroj Khan Story, a documentary produced by PSBT and Films Division of India and directed by Nidhi Tuli was released.
She appeared in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah as Judge in a Dance Competition.
Saroj Khan was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, Mumbai on June 17, 2020. She was admitted with breathing complaints, and died of cardiac arrest at 1:52 am early on Friday, July 3, 2020. The legendary choreographer had severe diabetes and related illness, and had tested negative for COVID-19. She was 72 at the time of her death. Saroj Khan is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukyna Khan.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019)
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
Gulaab Gang (2014)
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2012)
Rowdy Rathore (2012)
Agent Vinod (2012)
Khatta Meetha (2010)
Life Partner (2009)
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
Jab We Met (2007) (Won the National Film Award for Best Choreography)
Namastey London (2007)
Guru (2007) (Won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography)
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007)
Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006)
Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)
Sringaram (2005) (Tamil) Won the National Film Award for Best Choreography
Kuch Naa Kaho (2004)
Devdas (2002) Won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography & National Film Award
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) Won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) Won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography & American Choreography Award
Choodalani Vundi (1998)
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)
Iruvar (1997) (Tamil)
Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Nigahen: Nagina Part II (1989)
Kizhakku Africavil Sheela (1987) Tamil movie
Mr India (1987)
Thai Veedu (1983) Tamil movie
Veeru Dada (1990)
Hum Hain Bemisaal (1994)
Nazar Ke Samne (1995)
Chhote Sarkar (1996)
Dil Tera Diwana (1996)
Judge Mujrim (1997)
Bhai Bhai (1997)
Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya (1999)
Awards and recognitions
Madhuri Dixit dancing to Dola Re Dola, for which Khan won her first National Award in Unforgettable Tour, 2008
National Film Award
Saroj Khan is the recipient of the most National Film Awards for Best Choreography with three wins.
"Dola Re Dola"
Jab We Met
"Yeh Ishq Haaye"
Filmfare Best Choreography Award
Saroj Khan was the first recipient of the filmfare Best Choreography Award. Filmfare instituted this award after watching the excellent choreography and audience response to Khan's song "Ek Do Teen" from Tezaab. Saroj Khan went on to have a hat-trick at the Filmfare awards winning consistently for 3 years from 1989 to 1991. She also holds the record for winning the most Filmfare Best Choreographer Awards, winning 8.
2008 – Guru
2003 – Devdas
2000 – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
1994 – Khalnayak
1993 – Beta
1991 – Sailaab for the song "Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar"
1990 – Chaalbaaz
1989 – Tezaab
American Choreography Award
2002: Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
1998: Nandi Award for Best Choreographer: Choodalani Vundi
In April 2018, Khan made statements defending the practice of casting couch, stating that the film industry provides people employment and "doesn’t rape and abandon" them. Following online backlash, she apologised for her comments.
Indian women in dance
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