Ahmed Khan can’t imagine Saroj Khan is gone! “I bought to know of her loss of life at midnight. I rushed to the kabristan (graveyard) within the morning. I’ve simply returned, numbed. It has nonetheless not sunk in. I knew she was maintaining in poor health well being. I needed to go to her within the hospital however couldn’t due to the Kovid lockdown. Now I’ll by no means see her,” says Ahmed sorrowfully.
Saroj Khan was like a mom to Ahmed. “Every little thing I find out about choreography, I learnt from her. On the age of 12, I used to be watching her do the choreography of ‘Kaate Nahin Kat-Te’ in Mr India. I used to be a toddler actor in that movie. Although I used to be too younger to know what was occurring, I might really feel the individuality of the physique language, the urgency of the actions. I knew then and there that I needed to be a choreographer.”
At 16, Ahmed started aiding Saroj Khan. “I used to be a toddler bewildered and misplaced. She mothered me. She nurtured my expertise. I used to be similar to her personal son (choreographer Raju Khan). No matter I find out about choreography I learnt from Sarojji. She gave choreography in Indian cinema a reputation, face and place. All of us (choreographers) owe our careers to her.”
Ahmed bought an opportunity to repay a few of Saroj Khan’s debt two years in the past. “In Baaghi 2, I bought an opportunity to do my homage to Sarojji’s iconic ‘Ek Do Teen Chaar’ from Tezaab I used to be so nervous. I believed she can be indignant. However she was not upset. I went to her home with a cheque, a token gesture of appreciation (the ‘token quantity’, I’m instructed, was 20 lakhs). I knelt earlier than her and gave her the cheque in her hand. I can not inform you the feelings I felt at that second. Sarojji was my guru and a mother-figure. There have been different nice choreographers earlier than her. However what she did to Bollywood choreography was historic.”
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