Shah Rukh says Saroj Khan ‘his first genuine teacher in film industry’

Thank u for looking after me, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted

73-shah-rukh-khan Shah Rukh Khan | AFP

Actor Shah Rukh Khan on Friday mourned the demise of renowned choreographer Saroj Khan. Saroj Khan, 71, passed away after a cardiac arrest on Friday morning.

Calling her his ‘first genuine teacher in the film industry’, he called her one of the most inspiring people he has ever met. "My first genuine teacher in the film industry. She taught me for hours how to do the ''dip'' for film dancing. One of the most caring, loving & inspiring persona I have ever met. Will miss you Sarojji. May Allah bless her soul. Thank u for looking after me," Shah Rukh tweeted.

Khan, who was known as Masterji, worked with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, the prominent dancing stars of the 80s and 90s. Her parents migrated to India after the Partition. She started her career in the film industry as a child artiste at the age of three and later started working as a background dancer.

Khan got her first break as an independent choreographer with Geeta Mera Naam in 1974 but it took Sridevi's Hawa Hawai song in 1987 film Mr India for her to receive acclaim as a dance choreographer of repute.

There was no looking back for Khan after the success of the song. She choreographed Sridevi in films such as Nagina and Chandni.

-Inputs from PTI