This Article is From Jul 03, 2020

Amitabh Bachchan Recalls The Time Saroj Khan Gave Him A Coin As Reward For Good Shot

"Saroj ji, you gave us and the industry, rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance," wrote Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan Recalls The Time Saroj Khan Gave Him A Coin As Reward For Good Shot

Amitabh Bachchan with Saroj Khan in a throwback (courtesy amitabhbachchan)

Highlights

  • Big B shared several memories of Saroj Khan
  • "Her subtle grace when she moved," Big B remembered Saroj Khan
  • "A legacy has passed away," Big B wrote in his post
New Delhi:

Amitabh Bachchan remembered veteran choreographer Saroj Khan with several anecdotes, starting from his 1973 film Bandhe Haath, in which Saroj Khan was an assistant dance director and also a background dancer. Sharing a black and white memory from what appears to be the recent past, Mr Bachchan began his post by writing how the news of Saroj Khan's death prompted "an entire history of time" race in his mind. "She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time... of the time when I was just beginning... of the film Bandhe Haath with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz... with the director OP Ralhan. Mumtaz's grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbie - she a stratospheric star, me a nobody. And Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song. Her subtle grace when she moved," read an excerpt from Big B's post.

Talking about Saroj Khan's career transformation from an assistant director to a legendary Bollywood choreographer, Mr Bachchan shared a signature gesture of Saroj Khan: "And then over the years, she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director or as the language changed, the Choreographer of a film... her moves becoming famous for each artiste she worked with and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care, she would call her or him aside and give a rupee coin as a gesture as a pat on the back, a 'shagun'. Many many years later, during the song sequence of a film I was doing, I became the recipient of that coin... an immense achievement."

Amitabh Bachchan also revealed he got his "best compliment" from Saroj Khan from the song Khaike Paan after Don released: "Saroj ji, you gave us and the industry, rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance. On a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment. She was living in Dubai then from marriage and when Don was released she said 'I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song Khaike Paan was on, see it and come out. I used to do it regularly every day. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave. That is how much I enjoyed your dance moves' - Coming from her was the ultimate."

"A legacy has passed away," Big B wrapped his post.

You rest .. you rest well .. you rise .. you realise the hours .. you seek the elixir .. you devour .. you get to connect .. ... and .. .. you be informed in this communicative world .. Saroj Khan has died .. .. and an entire history of time races before you in the cerebrum .. She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film 'Bandhe Haath' with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz's grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody .. .. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing .. .. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and .. .. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a 'shagun' .. .. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement .. Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said " I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song 'khaike paan.. was on , see it and come out .. I used to do it regularly every day .. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave .. that is how much I enjoyed your dance moves .." !! coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away ..

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In another post, Amitabh Bachchan added: "And the show moves on... in remembrance of those that have left us during this time of the times."

Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said " I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song 'khaike paan.. was on , see it and come out .. I used to do it regularly every day .. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave .. that is how much I enjoyed your dance moves .." !! coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away .. And the show moves on .. in remembrance of those that have left us during this time of the times .. day by day they go away .. leaving us all with the happy memories of their presence .. of their immense contribution .. of their life long creativity, captured and documented on celluloid for posterity .. I shall end for the DAY now .. the mind is filled with remorse and grief ..

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Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Friday. Tributes from the likes of Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol - actresses choreographed by Saroj Khan, along with stars such as Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor and others poured in from the iconic Bollywood choreographer.

Saroj Khan's last choreography was for 2019 movie Kalank.