Saif Ali Khan remembers Saroj Khan: She was one of the most artistic choreographers

Saif Ali Khan remembers Saroj Khan: She was one of the most artistic choreographers

Written by Komal RJ Panchal
| Mumbai |

Revealed: July 5, 2020 10:40:57 am


Saif Ali Khan remembers working with Saroj Khan. (Picture: Specific photograph by Pradip Das and Specific archive photograph by Lalit Nene)

Opening up concerning the late dance director Saroj Khan, actor Saif Ali Khan referred to as her the best and essentially the most creative choreographer of the 90s who might make the music come alive together with her dance steps. He mentioned, “Saroj ji was the best and most creative choreographer within the movie trade once I joined in 1990. Her title concerned with a venture was all the time an enormous benefit to the producers and her type of choreography had the highest expertise of the movie trade making the music come alive with grace and sensuality.”

Saif remembered working with Saroj Khan and the way she made him do some steps which ended up being trademark dance steps for him. “I did my first movie and first music ever together with her in Parampara, adopted carefully by Aashiq Awaara, the title music of which was a giant hit and stabilised my floundering profession. She had me performing some trademark strikes on my knees on a sweaty, extremely sizzling and crowded set with no air conditioner and many chemical smoke,” he shared.

He added, “I feel solely my colleagues from the 90s and earlier than will perceive these circumstances. I completed the step and located I had torn the knees of my trousers and blood was trickling down my leg. I advised Saroji, or masterji as I referred to as her, and he or she mentioned ‘oh don’t fear about blood. See the place this blood takes you in life’. She taught me to work onerous. I might flip off the set lights and wrap a mal-mal material round my head and rehearse her steps for hours, typically with out lunch, to get it proper; however we had been by no means allowed to vary the step to make it simpler. That was not her work ethic”.

Saif then shared how Saroj Khan tailored dance steps for actors after understanding their type and persona; “She knew what ‘type’ suited every of us actors finest and would create that for us. She made me rehearse for every week for a music I used to be to do together with her and once I bought to the set she made me carry out it in a single go in entrance of the unit. Once I completed panting, she mentioned ‘okay, now overlook all that, now that you’re simple with the music let’s attempt one thing higher!’ That music was ‘Ole Ole’ in Yeh Dillagi and he or she took a success music to a different stage. I should have carried out this music a number of hundred occasions on stage on worldwide excursions, typically thrice in a row to encores! I’ll all the time owe her for this music and for making me right into a dancing star — an unimaginable feat as I’ve two left ft.”

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The actor then shared yet one more anecdote from working with the legendary choreographer. “I used to be as soon as capturing a stunning romantic music late at evening in Hyderabad and the heroine was having a little bit of bother with the expressions. Saro ji yelled on the mike, saying ‘intercourse! It’s intercourse! Have you ever by no means had intercourse?’ She might disgrace us into performing. A music together with her typically turned actual artwork, with each beat and step requiring an emotion and expression. Like she advised Kareena as soon as, ‘should you can’t transfer your ft, transfer your face not less than.”

Saroj Khan handed away on Friday in Mumbai after struggling a cardiac arrest. She was 71.

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