Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan passed away on July 3, at the age of 72. According to reports, she breathed her last during the wee hours of Friday due to cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai. She was suffering from severe diabetes and age-related illness. The sudden demise of the veteran choreographer has sent the dance fraternity of Bollywood into a zone of shock. Popular choreographer turned director Remo D'Souza, who shared a close bond with Saroj Khan told PeepingMoon.com exclusively that her demise has come across as a huge loss personally as well as for the industry.
"It is a huge loss for the dance fraternity. I was very close to her. The last song that she did was for Kalank and I was also there with her on the sets. We worked on the song together," Remo told.
Got up with a huge pain in my heart ..... on hearing about your demise ,you were an institution in yourself ,the biggest loss to our dance fraternity.... was fortunate to dance under you , dance with you , choreograph you and choreograph with you and direct you .... willl never forget the love and the passion with which u would choreograph each song the passion in your eyes was like never seen before .... thank you for teaching me so much .... you will always be remembered and always in our hearts .....Saroji.... my condolences to the entire family ..... RIP mam
Remo said 'Master Ji', as she was fondly addressed by the industry, was an inspiration to him as well as the whole dance fraternity. "She has a big influence on me and been an inspiration to the whole dance fraternity," he said.
"She was very passionate about her work. She would not keep well but whenever she came on sets, she would feel alive. Her work for everything for her. When I used to talk to her that 'from where do you get these ideas from?', she would teach me. In some way or the other, she taught me a lot of things about choreography," Remo added.
Saying that he was in touch with her daughter Sukyna Khan, Remo added that he was waiting to meet her once she was back home from the hospital. "Yes, I was in touch with her daughter. Three days ago, I got a call that she was admitted to the hospital and because of Coronavirus, nobody was allowed to meet her. I wanted to go and meet her but her daughter said she will call me as soon as she is back home. I was just waiting and now, we got the news," an emotional Remo told.
Remo and Saroj last joined forces for Abhishek Varman's Kalank. The duo jointly worked on the film while Saroj choreographed a special track for her favourite muse, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Tabah Ho Gaye.