Last week the news of Saroj Khan leaving us for heavenly abode left all of us numb. The dance guru, fondly called Masterji by actresses from Sridevi to Sara Ali Khan, left us too soon. Saroj Khan’s favourite muse had always been Madhuri Dixit Nene, and the two shared a great bond over the years. Madhuri took to her social media on the occasion of Guru Poornima yesterday to express how much she owes her guru in her illustrious career.
Saroj Khan was the one who gave Madhuri Dixit her claim-to-fame number Ek Do Teen near the start of her career. From there on the two kept working together and gave Hindi films some hit numbers that pulled in the audiences to the theatres just to watch that one iconic number. The actress shared a lovely post about her dance guru Saroj Khan on Guru Poornima. She expressed her grief that she is still devastated about the news and she has yet to come to terms with it.
Right from meeting her for the first time to her signature compliment of saying ‘perrrrfect’, the actress recounts all the moments. Sharing a candid click of them, she begins her post saying, ‘I still can’t believe master ji is no more. Losing a friend, philosopher & guide like her is devastating. It was difficult for me to put down my grief in words. I had spoken to her daughter when she was in the hospital & she told me that Saroj ji would be fine. Two days later, she was gone,” shares the actress with a heavy heart. Read the full post here.
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I still can’t believe master ji is no more. Losing a friend, philosopher & guide like her is devastating. It was difficult for me to put down my grief in words. I had spoken to her daughter when she was in the hospital & she told me that Saroj ji would be fine. Two days later, she was gone.âÂ£âÂ£ âÂ£ The Guru-shishya bond that we shared, the assurance that she would be my mother on the sets, I’ll miss everything. Today on the occasion of Guru Purnima, I pay my tribute to her. âÂ£âÂ£ âÂ£ Nobody can make women look so beautiful, desirable & sensuous on-screen like her. She made everything look like poetry in motion. Smitten by her, I had told her, “Saroji ji, agar aap shakkar hoti na, I would add you in my cup of tea & drink it.” She would laugh heartily at this. I’ll miss that playful laughter.âÂ£ âÂ£ The first time I met her was while shooting for Maine Rab Se from Karma. Saroj ji asked me so many questions, one being ‘Where did you learn to dance?’ Unfortunately, our sequence was removed from the song. I’ll miss her many questions.âÂ£ âÂ£ Saroj Khan was a game changer in the industry. She was the rebel in the male-dominated profession. There were rough edges to her personality & I feel that’s because life had been pretty uneven to her. I’ll miss that determined & headstrong woman.âÂ£âÂ£ âÂ£ Dancing in front of the camera & dancing on stage are two different things. Saroj ji taught me how to romance the camera when we worked on Ek Do Teen. Such was the song’s popularity that Filmfare had to create the Best Choreography category to honour Saroj ji. I’ll miss her resolve to push the envelope all the time. âÂ£âÂ£ âÂ£ Her Nazakat, the aadayein, the elegance of every move, I was besotted. I knew we would do a lot of songs together. So we decided not to repeat any of the movements. She agreed to create hook steps that people will identify with every song. We created so many movements with no knowledge about what they are called. Who knew Tamma Tamma step was Dab? I’lll miss inventing hook steps with her.âÂ£ âÂ£ She was close to my family as well & this loss is deeply personal. There’s no one like her & there won’t be another like her. Saroj ji, I’ll miss everything about you. I’ll miss your ‘Perrrfect’!
A post shared by Madhuri Dixit (@madhuridixitnene) on Jul 5, 2020 at 5:18am PDT
Madhuri Dixit’s last choreographed number by Saroj Khan remains to be Tabah Ho Gaye from Kalank (2019). She always praised the actress for her expressions and her grace. While the directors worked on ways to add depth to the performance of their leading ladies, they needed Saroj Khan to add grace to the dance numbers. A gem who’ll be truly missed!