Saroj Khan was 13 when she got married to a 41-year-old man, Became mother at 14
Saroj Khan was 13 when she got married to a 41-year-old man, Became mother at 14

Saroj Khan was one of the popular names in Bollywood, She is a legendary Choreographer and Bollywood popularly known as  'masterji. On 20 June 2020, she was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after she complained of breathing issues. Saroj Khan has choreographed nearly 2000 songs in a career of over four decades. She last choreographed in 2019 in Karan Johar's production Kalank featuring Madhuri for Tabah Hogaye. Saroj Khan’s professional life was very sorted while her personal life was very tragic.

Saroj Khan has often been in controversies regarding her personal life. Saroj Khan married 41 year old dance director B Sohanlal at the age of just 13. Sohanlal was a Dance Guru in Bollywood films and Saroj Khan was his disciple. Saroj Khan came to know that Sohanlal is already married and is also the father of 4 children. Saroj Khan and Sohanlal also had two children, in whom they had a son and a daughter. The daughter died eight months after birth. Sohanlal decided to separate from Saroj Khan. And after some time he came back again and offered

Saroj Khan sharing her journey once said, "My parents moved to India from Pakistan after partition. My father, Kishanchand Sadhu Singh was a Punjabi, while my mother, Noni, a Sindhi. My father had a flourishing business in Pakistan but he had to leave everything behind when he came to India. I was born in India. Even as a two-year-old child, I loved to dance. Since we were in dire straits, my parents put me in films. I was three when I got my first break in Nazrana. I played the little Shyama, sitting on the moon and singing a song."

She further said, "To date, I haven't taken any formal training in dance. I learned my dance from the well-known dance master B Sohanlal( Her husband). He taught me the basics of Kathak, Kathakali, Manipuri, Bharata Natyam et al. I was barely 13, a schoolgirl, when I married master Sohanlal. He was 43 at that time. I did not know what marriage meant at that time. He just put a black thread around my neck one day and I thought I was married. He didn't tell me that he was already married with four kids. I learned about his first wife only when I gave birth to my first child, my son Raju Khan, in 1963. I was 14 then, too young to comprehend or handle the complicated situation

Saroj ji and Sohanlal had separated in 1965, but when he had suffered a heart attack, they had reunited. She also once in an interview said, "In 1965, I gave birth to my second child, a daughter who died within eight months of birth. Around that time, Sohanlal and I parted ways as he refused to give my children his name. Towards the end of 1969, he approached me again to be his assistant. When I refused, he lodged a complaint against me with the Cine Dancer's Association. I resigned myself and started working with him again. Around that time, he suffered a heart attack. I went to see him and there was that one night when I was with him. I conceived my daughter, Kuku. After that he completely disappeared from my life and settled in Madras."

After a few years, Saroj Khan met a businessman named Sardar Roshan Khan. Roshan was already married, but he liked Saroj so much that despite being his first wife, he married Saroj Khan. Interestingly, Saroj Khan and Roshan's first wife, both used to live like sisters. This was disclosed by Saroj Khan herself in an interview.

On the career front, Saroj Khan made her debut as an independent choreographer in Gulzar's Mausam in 1975. In 1983, her first breakthrough came with Subhash Ghai's Hero. She was noticed for her talent in 1986 in Nagina movie at Sridevi's Nagin dance, followed up by Mr. India. Next, she worked with Madhuri Dixit in Tezaab movie in 'Ek Do Teen' song and later in Khalnayak where she choreographed the famous song 'Choli Ke Peeche'.

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