Today is Choreographer Saroj Khan’s birthday. She completes 70 years of age, on this day. Born Nirmala Nagpal, she is more famous as Saroj Khan or in short as Sarojji. With the backing of a career spanning more than 40 years, Saroj Khan has made actors dance to her choreography in over 2000 songs. Also known as the Mother of Dance/Choreography in India, she is one of my favorite choreographers of today.
I met Sarojji for interviews a few times at the beginning of my career. Initially, I had accompanied my sister for an interview with her. She was very nice with young and naïve people like us. Her husband was alive, then. In fact, we had a lovely time at her place on that day, taking pictures with her. When I asked her to place her arm over my shoulder for a shot, she willingly obliged! I know that she is a very nice person from the inside. Having got access to her telephone number :), even I bagged her interview for a print magazine.
Bollywood and Choreographer Saroj Khan’s Birthday:
Here are some of my favorite Bollywood dances choreographed by Sarojji:
Suniye zara dekhiye na… Geeta Mera Naam (1974)
Tu mera Janu hai… Hero (1983)
Main teri dushman… Nagina (1986)
Hawa Hawaii… Mr. India (1987)
Ek do teen… Tezaab (1988)
Mere hathon mein… Chandni (1989)
Tamma tamma loge… Thanedaar (1990)
Dhak dhak karne laga… Beta (1992)
Pyar ki pungi… Agent Vinod (2012)