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Ace Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies At 71

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Saroj Khan, the National Award-winning choreographer, passed away in Mumbai on the 3rd of July. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai on June 17 after she complained of having breathing problems. Bollywood celebrities and fans mourn the loss.

2020 has definitely seen a lot of losses. But the Bollywood industry has seen the most, some of the most talented people has said goodbye this year. In a career spanning forty years, she choreographed nearly 2000 songs. Her most successful collaborations were with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Her Wonderful Career Path 

Saroj Khan began her career by playing the young Shyama onscreen in Nazarana. She soon became a background dancer under the mentorship of dance director B. Sohanlal. After assisting as a dance choreographer for a few years, her first independent work came in Geeta Mera Naam (1974). Saroj got noticed after she choreographed for Sridevi in Mr. India’s song “Hawa Hawai” (1987).

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She worked with Sridevi in films like Nagina and Chandni. This was followed by her long-term partnership with Madhuri Dixit in the 1990s in songs like “Ek Do Teen”, “Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar”, “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”, “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”, and “Tamma Tamma”. The choreographer has also judged dance reality shows like Nach Baliye, Ustaadon Ka Ustaad, Boogie Woogie and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Her last work was the song “Tabah Ho Gaye” from Kalank (2019) which was filmed on Madhuri Dixit.

Stars Pour Out Their Heart 

Amitabh Bachan was one of the first ones to reach out and show his emotions online.

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Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said “ I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song ‘khaike paan.. was on , see it and come out .. I used to do it regularly every day .. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave .. that is how much I enjoyed your dance moves ..” !! coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away .. 🙏 And the show moves on .. in remembrance of those that have left us during this time of the times .. day by day they go away .. leaving us all with the happy memories of their presence .. of their immense contribution .. of their life long creativity, captured and documented on celluloid for posterity .. I shall end for the DAY now .. the mind is filled with remorse and grief ..

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You rest .. you rest well .. you rise .. you realise the hours .. you seek the elixir .. you devour .. you get to connect .. … and .. .. you be informed in this communicative world .. Saroj Khan has died .. .. and an entire history of time races before you in the cerebrum .. She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody .. .. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing .. .. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and .. .. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ .. .. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement .. Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance .. .. on a chance meeting many many years ago she paid me my best compliment .. she was living in Dubai then from marriage and when DON was released she said “ I saw the film and then after, I would go to the theatre where it was released, at the time when your song ‘khaike paan.. was on , see it and come out .. I used to do it regularly every day .. I would tell the usher to let me in just to see the song and leave .. that is how much I enjoyed your dance moves ..” !! coming from her was the ultimate .. .. a legacy has passed away .. 🙏

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Her most famous student was Madhuri Dixit. She wrote a heartfelt tweet. Check it out

She also went on to put a picture showing a fond memory oh her initial days in bollywood.

 

Choreographer-dancer Ganesh Hegde wrote on Instagram, “End of an era. The word choreographer got new prominence and emphasis in the film industry thanks to Saroj ji. Actresses had a different dominance over songs when they were choreographed by saroj ji.

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End of an era. The word choreographer got new prominence and emphasis in the film industry thanks to Saroj ji. Actresses had a different dominance over songs when they were choreographed by saroji..The ease,experience and aura reflecting on the face of an actress was all due to the magic of Saroj khan. The use of various indian classical dance forms fused with modern styles with such effectiveness makes her truly a unique Dance director. The humour in her choreography was superlative and it was amazing to see how she pulled a comic expression while maintaining the narrative all just in a split second. Technically her songs were a master class in choreography and has inspired many incuding myself. The gravitas and impact of her choreography for an indian song will never be the same again. She truly was “THE QUEEN” of Choreography..God bless your soul..RIP

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Bosco Martis recalls the time when Masterji gave him ‘bakshish’

Sharing a photo with the late choreographer, Sanjay Dutt wrote alongside, “This news has left me heartbroken. Saroj ji was not just a legend but also a humble person. We shared a beautiful relationship & worked in many films together.

Actor Archana Puran Singh wrote on Instagram, “Saroj ji. Master ji. She was so many things to so many people. To me she was the perfect dream dancer. She taught me the Charleston for Filmfare. When I couldn’t get it right she changed it to ‘half’ Charleston. She judged me in Nach Baliye. Scolded me but never discouraged me.

Parineeti Chopra shared on Twitter, “When you think ‘choreography’, you think Saroj ji. When you think ‘heroine’, you think Saroj ji. I think she gave the term Bollywood heroine its true meaning. Creator of legends, and a legend herself. RIP Ma’am. We will celebrate you forever. #RIPSarojKhan”

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Celebrity Twins Who Are Poles Apart

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Nepotism in the film industry is a hot topic these days. People who are in this fraternity already, often give their family or friends a chance to join the same line of work as them. In Bollywood or in Hollywood, the siblings jump on the bandwagon of joining the film industry. We bring to you a few celebrity twins who poles apart. Not only they look different, but they are also far from what their famous siblings do.

Vin Diesel and Paul Vincent

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Mark Sinclair, popularly known as Vin Diesel is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise, making him one of the highest-grossing actor of all time. While Vin Diesel has managed to earn worldwide stardom, and accumulate a wealth of an estimated $160 million, his twin brother, Paul Vincent (Sound editor), prefers to stay out of the spotlight. Therefore, very little is known about him. He has also collaborated with Vin Diesel for several of his movies, including the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Ashton and Michael Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He recently starred in the movie The Long Home (2019) alongside other big stars like James Franco and Josh Hartnett. However, his twin brother, Michael Kutcher, is an American businessman, public speaker, and advocate for children with cerebral palsy and organ donation. By age three, Michael was battling significant developmental delays. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy before he entered kindergarten and also had a life-saving heart transplant as a teenager as a result of heart failure brought on by a virus. The celebrity twin is hard to believe.

Rami and Sami Malek

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Rami Malek, an American actor and producer who is best known for his American drama series Mr Robot. While his twin brother, Sami Malek, who was born four minutes later, has stayed away from the limelight. He is a qualified teacher. Moreover, they also have an older sister,  Yasmine Malek, who is a physician.

 

Scarlett and Hunter Johansson

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Everybody who loves Hollywood definitely knows about Scarlett Johansson. From North to the Avengers Endgame, she has appeared in many movies. She one of the highest-grossing actress in Hollywood. His twin brother, Hunter Johansson is also an actor. He has played a major role in  Manny and Lo and Entertainment Night. Furthermore, Scarlet Johansson’s upcoming movies are Black Widow and Sing 2 whereas his twin brother doesn’t seem to have any upcoming projects.

 

Gisele and Patricia Bündchen

 

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It is hard to believe but they actually are twin sisters. Gisele Bündchen joined her first modelling class with her twin sister Patricia, she was the only one to move up in the industry. Patricia Bündchen, however, didn’t harbour any resentment towards her twin sister and decided to dedicate her time towards helping manage Gisele Bündchen’s career. Over the years, Patricia Bündchen has worked as Gisele’s manager as well as her spokesperson. This arrangement seems to suit them perfectly, especially since Patricia Bündchen is reportedly very shy, compared to Gisele’s outgoing personality. The Celebrity twins support each other in hard times.

 

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The Grand Welcome and Name of Baby Pandya!

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Just a week ago we came to you with the amazing news about Hardik Pandya and Natasa who became proud parents of a baby boy. The celebrations have been going on in the Pandya household ever since then. In addition to the new parents, the cricketer’s older brother and sister in law are also overjoyed with the arrival of the cute munchkin. Read this post about how the Baby Pandya spent his first week and much more.

Meet the Pandya Family

Not just Natasa and Hardik but it is the whole family who cannot contain their happiness since the arrival of the little one. In return, we get to watch cute pictures and celebrations that are taking place on the joyous arrival of Baby Pandya.

We saw the first glimpse of the Baby Pandya from an Instagram post made by the father himself, Hardik Pandya.

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The blessing from God 🙏🏾❤️ @natasastankovic__

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Later on, the parents celebrated with the team of doctors who brought their bundle of joy in the world. We also saw Natasha in her post-pregnancy glow. After all, that’s the magic of motherhood right? It makes you forget all the pain, all the sleepless nights, and everything else and still gets you that glow which just becomes brighter when you are with your little one.

Not just Hardik, others from the family too shared their happiness and love for the little one. For instance, Krunal Pandya was one of the happiest as he became ‘Bade Papa’ to the little munchkin.

Even the sister in law, Pankhuri had a special message of Baby Pandya. “Welcome to the Mad House” read her post on Instagram.

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Hardik is getting used to the new life with the baby now at home. However, the humor won’t easily die! For instance, Hardik, after shopping for diapers went ahead with a special way to inform the new mommy that the diapers were on their way.

The Homecoming

With the arrival of Baby Pandya, Pankhuri Sharma organized a surprise for the couple and a small welcome for the baby. Along with the welcome, we also got a peek into the name chosen for the baby.

The cute baby goes by the name ‘AGASTYA’. The name appeared on the cake ordered to welcome the mother and the baby back home. “Welcome Nats and Agastya” read the cake. Check it out here.

 

 

 

 

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TV Actor Sameer Sharma Found Dead At Mumbai Home

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TV actor and model Sameer Sharma has been found dead at his home in Mumbai last night, police said.

The 44-year-old actor-seen in the popular television shows of Balaji Telefilms “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki”-was found hanging in his Malad flat ‘s kitchen, police said, adding that they suspect himself was murdered. A security guard found his body which alerted other members of the apartment complex. The actor had been staying at the Malad home on loan.

 

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An accidental death case has been reported. “We have not found any proof indicating that he might have been killed. So far, no suicide note has been found at the building. We are still investigating the case. It is believed that two days ago he hanged himself.” said senior inspector George Fernandes of the Malad Police Station.

Later the members of the society told the police who rushed to the spot and took Sharma to a hospital where he was brought to death by doctors, another official said. Now, the body has been sent for autopsy and the officials are waiting for the reports.

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ANI confirmed that the model, Bollywood and TV actor had been found hanging from his kitchen ceiling at his Malad West residence on Wednesday night, An accidental death report was registered, body sent for autopsy. Looking at the state of the body, it is believed that, two days ago, he died of suicide: Malad Police, ANI shared.

Sameer Sharma was found hanging from his Kitchen Ceiling.

The 2009 Bollywood movie, “Hasee Toh Phasee,” also starred Samir Sharma-a familiar face on the small screen- He has appeared in various TV shows- “Dil Kya Chahta Hai,” “Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi” and “Left Right Left”.

His Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is in tears, co-star Geetanjali Tikekar is unable to get over the sad news of Sameer’s demise.

“I’m not in a place to get over the news. I’m deeply shaken. He was a good friend. Indeed, we’ve been in touch with each other throughout and even after the series. In fact, Sameer and my husband Sikandar Kharbanda were in contact with each other during the lockdown. He shared such a great bond with us all. Moreover, I bring a few people into my life who become an integral part. Sameer is one such friend.” she said.

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Expressing the grief over his sudden demise, Varun Dhawan posted a photo of Sameer Sharma to his Instagram stories and wrote “#ripsameersharma.” On the other hand, Sidharth Malhotra shared the image of the late actor from their movie Hasee Toh Phasee, and wrote, “Very sad and unfortunate”

His parents are based in Bangalore. He was also living separately from his wife. Police is further investigating to find if he was having any financial difficulty.

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Nearly two months after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home, condolences poured on social media as the news of his death spread. Death of the 34-year-old had sparked debate over mental health.

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