Saroj Khan & Her Favourite Student Madhuri: A Fascinating Journey

As Madhuri Dixit turns 51, Saroj Khan give us some behind the scene stories from the most famous songs.

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Saroj Khan with Madhuri Dixit during a shoot.

It is our very own dancing diva Madhuri Dixit’s birthday. As she turns 51 on 15 May, we decided to celebrate her big day by chatting with the woman who has contributed to Madhuri Dixit’s success as a dancing diva, Saroj Khan. The veteran choreographer has worked with Madhuri in innumerable films.

Saroj Khan was also the first choreographer ever to receive a Filmfare won fort Best Choreographer award. It was for Ek Do Teen in Tezaab (1988).


During the chat, Saroj Khan spoke about how Subhash Ghai saw Madhuri and wanted to launch her in his next film. And he did just that. That’s how the actor Madhuri Dixit was born.

Saroj Khan says Madhuri was a trained dancer but she was not used to the Bollywood style of dancing and we have to thank Sarojji aka masterji for training her. Madhuri always made sure she had done her rehearsals very well before she started shooting a song. Another thing that we bet you didn’t know is Sarojji took exactly twenty minutes to choreograph the award winning Ek Do Teen song. Madhuri would always ask her to enact the exact expressions before she did it herself.

And Sarojji always made sure she had her student’s back. Once, when Madhuri was supposed to perform in Filmfare she got cold feet (yes, Madhuri Dixit also gets cold feet) and disappeared from the scene. It was Saroj Khan who danced in her place. For more anecdotes on Madhuri and Sarojji, watch the video!

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