Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to recall some fond memories he has shared with Saroj Khan over the years. Read his heartfelt note for the legendary choreographer below.
Amitabh Bachchan remembers his ‘immense achievement’ when Saroj Khan gave him ‘shagun’ for a good shot
Amitabh Bachchan penned a heartfelt note for legendary choreographer Saroj Khan as she passed away due to a cardiac arrest on 3 July. The superstar took to his blog to recall some fond memories he has shared with Saroj Khan over the years. From the time of working with her since he first stepped foot into the industry to getting a “shagun’ from her for performing well, Amitabh’s note is the indeed heartfelt. Take a look below:
“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 into this communicative world ..
Saroj Khan has died …. and an entire history of time races before you into 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 into the crowd of dancers into a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted into 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 into a song to a meaning into dance.. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment ..she was living into 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 into just to see the song and leave .. that is the how much I enjoyed your dance moves ..” !! coming from her was the ultimate.. a legacy has passed away..”