Saroj Khan (Hindi सरोज ख़ाँ), born Nirmala Sadhu Songh, is one of the most prominent Indian dance choreographers in Hindi cinema. She was born on 22nd November 1948 and has choreographed more than 200 films.
After making her debut as an independent choreographer in Gulzar's Mausam (1975), her first breakthrough came with Subhash Ghai's Hero (1983), but it was Sridevi's nagin dance in Nagina (1986) where she was noticed for her talent, followed up by Mr India. Next she worked with Madhuri Dixit in 'Ek Do Teen' number, Tezaab (1989) and later in Khalnayak, where she chorographed the Choli ke Peeche' number.She is very famous for her dialogue in Nach Baliye "Where is your choreographer?".She is also called 'moti bachi' by her family and friends.
Presently she hosts her own Dance class show, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan on NDTV Imagine. She has also appeared as a judge on reality dance competitions shows such as, Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She has won Filmfare Best Choreography Award eight times, and National Film Award for Best Choreography thrice.
Early life She was mostly trained in dance by B. Sohanlal. Saroj Khan’s real name is Nirmala Sadhu Songh. Father: Kishanchand Sadhu Singh Mother: Noni Sadhu Singh Saroj’s parents migrated from Pakistan to India during the partition in 1947. Saroj worked as a child actor in the movie Tarana at that time she was only two years old. You will not find her name in the cast but if you watch the movie she has played the little Shayama sitting on the moon and singing.
According to her own confession on a Pakistani TV show she embraced Islam before getting married and still is a Muslim.At the age of thirteen Saroj Khan married B. Sohanlal who was a well known dance master at that time. Sohanlal was 41 years old and already married and had 4 children. At the age of fourteen she gave birth to her first child Hamid Khan,who is now a famous choreographer by the name of Raju Khan).
In 1965 she separated from Sohanlal, but kept working as his assistant. They reunited again when Sohanlal had an heart attack. Saroj Khan had another child from Sohan Lal, her daughter Hina Khan (cuckoo). Sohanlal then moved to Madras leaving behind Saroj and two children. Afterward she married with Sardar Roshan Khan and she gave birth to a daughter named Sukaina khan,who now runs a dance institute in Dubai.
Career She shot to fame after her hit dance choreograph for Nagina "Main Teri Dushman". She rose and choreographed some hit dance numbers for the queens of Bollywood like Madhuri Dixit (Tezaab, Beta) and Sridevi (Mr India), during the late 80s and early 90s. She also opened a dancing institute in Dubai at 29-Nov-2009.