Saroj Khan

Nirmala Nagpal, popularly known as Saroj Khan (born 22 November 1948) is 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".

Saroj Khan
Saroj khan nachle ve with saroj khan
Nirmala Nagpal

22 November 1948 (age 70)
Other namesSaroj Khan
Years active1958-present


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,[1] 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 Sri Devi; 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)[2] and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga in Beta (1992). Thereafter, she went on to become one of the most successful Bollywood choreographers.[1][3]

In 2014, Khan worked with Madhuri Dixit again in Gulaab Gang.[4]

Television appearances

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 is 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.[5][6]

She appeared in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah as Judge in Dance Competition

Selected filmography

As writer

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 Award for Best Choreography with three wins.

Year Film Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2003 Devdas "Dola Re Dola" Best Choreography Won
2006 Sringaram All songs Won
2008 Jab We Met "Yeh Ishq Haaye" Won

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 onto make 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.

American Choreography Award

  • 2002: Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Nandi Awards


In April 2018, she made statements in support of casting couch, and said that "at-least film industry gives work, doesn’t rape and abandon" Following which she received backslash from the people on social media.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia Of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 573. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ "'Tamma tamma loge' got okayed in the 48th take: Saroj Khan". Times Of India. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  3. ^ Shoma A. Chatterji (28 October 2012). "Diva of Dance". The Tribune. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Madhuri is still superb: Saroj Khan". The Times of India. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  5. ^ "She's the Dancing Queen". Indian Express. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The real 'Dhak Dhak' girl". MiD DAY. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  7. ^

External links

B. Sohanlal

B. Sohanlal is a dance director for Bollywood movies. He was the primary teacher to Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan.

Byomkesh Pawrbo

Byomkesh Pawrbo (English:Byomkesh Episode) is a 2016 Indian Bengali language thriller film directed by Arindam Sil and the film is the sequel to 2015 film Har Har Byomkesh. Produced jointly under the banner of Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films, the film reprises cinematography and music by Soumik Haldar and Bickram Ghosh respectively. Sayantika Banerjee as Gulab Bai (cameo) is doing a special dance number for a particular scene which is being choreographed by Saroj Khan. The film stars Abir Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty and Sohini Sarkar in lead roles. The movie is based on the story Amriter Mrityu by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay. The film was released on 16 December 2016 to positive critical reception.

Dola Re Dola

Dola Re Dola is a song from the 2002 Indian romantic drama film Devdas, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. The song was composed by Ismail Darbar, with lyrics provided by Nusrat Badr, and sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shreya Ghoshal and KK. The song was well received, becoming a hit due to the unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, two of the leading actresses of the era.

Filmfare Award for Best Choreography

The Filmfare Best Choreography Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films.

Although the awards started in 1954, the best choreography category did not start until 1989.Saroj Khan with 8 wins holds the record of most awards in this category, followed by Farah Khan with 6 wins. Saroj Khan holds the record of being the first recipient of this award in 1989, when the Filmfare Best Choreography Award was started.

Saroj Khan also holds the record of winning the award consecutively for 3 years making a hatrick at the Filmfare Awards in 1989,1990,1991.

Happy New Year (2014 film)

Happy New Year, sometimes abbreviated as HNY is a 2014 Indian musical heist action comedy film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film has an ensemble cast, which includes Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. The film was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films. The film marked a third collaboration of Khan with the director; they previously worked on Main Hoon Na (2004) and Om Shanti Om (2007), the latter of which also featured Deepika Padukone as the female lead.

The film was released on Diwali, 24 October 2014 in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in around 4200 screens in Hindi and 800 screens in Tamil and Telugu, the biggest release for a Hindi film in India at that time. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a commercial success. It ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences features the film's script in their library.

Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar

Humko Aaj Kaal Hai Intezaar is a charbaster Hindi dance song from the film Sailaab (1990), sung by Anupama Deshpande, composed by Bappi Lahiri, written by Javed Akhtar, lip-synched by actress Madhuri Dixit and choreographed by Saroj Khan. The latter earned Filmfare Award for Best Choreographer for her amazing choreographic skills.

IIFA Award for Best Choreography

The IIFA Award for Best Choreography is a technical award chosen ahead of the main International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremonies. Saroj Khan received the first choreography award in 2000.

Including the 2012 awards, Farah Khan has won six times, whilst Vaibhavi Merchant, Bosco Martis and Caesar Gonsalves have two awards each.

The winners are listed below:-

Imagine TV

Imagine TV was a popular Hindi general entertainment channel, owned by Turner Broadcasting System (a subsidiary of Time Warner) based in New Delhi.The channel was known for shows like. Bandini, Swayamvar, Meethi Chhori No 1, Jyoti, Ramayan, Do Hanson Ka Jodaa, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Chandragupta Maurya, Junoon, Pardes Mein Mila Koi Apna, Baba Aiso Varr Dhoondo, Haar Jeet, Seeta Aur Geeta, Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family, Knights & Angels, Oye! It's Friday!, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan, Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, Rakt Sambandh, Main Teri Parchhain Hoon, Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl, Dharampatni, Gunahon Ka Devta, Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto, Shaadi 3 Crore Ki, Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi, and Looteri Dulhan. The channel stopped showing new material on 12 April 2012 and broadcast reruns until it finally closed on 11 May 2012.


Khal Nayak (English: Villain) is a 1993 Indian Hindi action thriller film produced and directed by Subhash Ghai. The story centres on the escape and attempted capture of terrorist criminal Ballu (Sanjay Dutt) by Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff) and his girlfriend officer Ganga (Madhuri Dixit). The film was the second highest grossing Hindi film of 1993 and the fourth highest grossing Hindi film of the 1990s decade.

The film is known for its music, especially the song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai", sung by Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun. The Khalnayak soundtrack album sold 10 million copies, making it one of the year's best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, along with Baazigar. At the Filmfare Awards, it won "Best Female Playback Singer" (Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun) for "Choli Ke Peeche" and also for "Best Choreography" (Saroj Khan) for "Choli Ke Peeche".

Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan

Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan is Dance class show hosted by Saroj Khan. Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Premiered from 21 January 2008.

National Film Award for Best Choreography

The National Film Award for Best Choreography is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1991 at 39th National Film Awards but awarded first time at 40th National Film Awards and then awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. The choreographer who has won most number of Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) for Best Choreography is Saroj Khan with 3 wins followed by Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya with two wins.

Neha Janpandit

Neha Janpandit is an Indian television actress. She debuted on the small screen with Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki on Sahara One. She also acted in Shraddha, Tere Liye, Chhajje Chhajje Ka Pyaar, Shubh Vivah, Rab Se Sohna Isshq and Humsafars. She also appeared in episodes of Star One Horror Nights, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan, Adaalat, and Teri Meri Love Stories.


Parchhain (Shadow) is a 1952 Hindi romantic melodrama film directed by V. Shantaram. The production company was Rajkamal Kalamandir. The story and dialogue were by Shams Lakhnavi, with cinematography by G. Balakrishna. Music direction was by C. Ramchandra and the lyricists were Noor Lakhnavi, Vasant Desai.The cast included V. Shantaram, Jayashree, Sandhya, Lalita Pawar, Wasti and Saroj Khan.Parchhain is cited as one of the films produced by Shantaram that was of "exceptional merit". The story revolves around a man who is accidentally blinded by a woman whom he falls in love with, only to lose her when he regains his sight.

Rama Madhav

Rama Madhav (रमा माधव) (2014) is a Marathi historical drama directed by Mrinal Kulkarni, It explores the era of the Peshwa period. Film Rama Madhav released on 8 August 2014. Bollywood Actress Aditi Rao Hydari performed a special song for Rama Madhav, which is choreographed by Saroj Khan.

Sailaab (1990 film)

Sailaab (English: Flood) is a Bollywood suspense thriller film of 1990 directed by Deepak Balraj Vij, starring Aditya Pancholi and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles. This film is a remake of 1988 Tamil film Kan Simittum Neram.

Saroj Khan won the Filmfare Best Choreography Award for Madhuri's dance for the song "Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar". The song also features in "Top 10 songs of Madhuri Dixit" published by Times of India.

Supriya Kumari

Supriya Kumari is an Indian television actress who has played the lead in Balaji Telefilms serial Bairi Piya as Amoli on Colors (TV channel).

She began her career with local regional languages khortha and Nagpuri album of Jharkhand featured in Chal ge Gangiyā, Gajab dekhāhi ge khortha album songs by several leading Singer of eastern part Satish Das, Manoj Dehati etc with Dancer Bunty Singh.

Swati Bajpai

Swati Bajpai is an Indian television actress. She is best known for portraying Nimmi Kaushik in Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein.

Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota

Yun Hota To Kya Hota (Hindi: यूँ होता तो क्या होता, Urdu: یوں ہوتا تو کیا ہوتا‬, English: What If?) is a 2006 Hindi drama film. The film directed by Naseeruddin Shah stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ayesha Takia, Jimmy Sheirgill, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Saroj Khan and Irrfan Khan. The film explores four stories which eventually become intertwined with 9/11.

Zalim Tera Jawab Nahin

Zallim Tera Jawab Nahin is a 1960 Hindi-language drama and romance film starring Agha, Saroj Khan and Chitra. It is directed by Ramanlal Desai, and produced by G. C. Trivedo for R. D. Productions.

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