There was simply no denying the beautiful bond that Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit Nene shared with the late choreographer Saroj Khan. In fact some of the star’s greatest and most popular dance numbers have been choreographed by Saroj Ji. And for Saroj ji, Madhuri was her muse! The veteran National Award winner passed away recently (July 3) and today on Guru Purnima, a day dedicated to paying respects to the Gurus and teachers in our lives and celebrating the Guru-Shishya relationship, Madhuri took to Instagram to share a heartfelt note for her Guru, Bollywood’s Masterji Saroj Khan.
While sharing the emotional connection the two had, Madhuri also recalled meeting her Guru for the first time while shooting for their song Maine Rab Se in Karma. Calling her a ‘game-changer in the industry’ and ‘a rebel in the male-dominated profession’ the dance diva reveals how Saroj ji taught her ‘how to romance the camera when working on Ek Do Teen.’
Interestingly, Madhuri points out how the song’s popularity inspired Filmfare to create the Best Choreography category to honour the choreographer’s work. “Such was the song’s (Ek Do Teen) 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,” read her emotional post. See it here:
The actress has gone on to recall and share some interesting moments between the two in the note that celebrates the guru-shishya bond beautifully. From Ek Do Teen (Tezaab) to Tamma Tamma (Thanedar), Humko Aaj Kal Hai (Sailaab), Choli Ke Peechey (Khalnayak), Chane Ke Khet Mein (Anjaam) and from Dhak Dhak (Beta) to Tabaah Ho Gaye (Kalank), the Jodi gave Bollywood some of its biggest dance hits and most remembered iconic numbers.