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Bollywood town mourns Sulabha Deshpande’s demise

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Members of Bollywood town like Lata Mangeshkar, Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Anil Kapoor took to micro-blogging site Twitter to mourn the demise of veteran theatre and film actor Sulabha Deshpande, who dies on Saturday following a prolonged illness.

The last rites of Sulabha, who died at her home here, will take place on Sunday afternoon.

The actress, who was 80, is known for films including “Bhumika”, “Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan”, “English Vinglish” as well as many TV serials and plays.

Over the years, Sulabha acted in scores of movies, mainly in lovable mother or grandmother roles in both Hindi and Marathi films, besides key roles in several TV serials and Marathi theatre, her first love and earned critical acclaim as well as audience approval.

Here are the tweets:

Lata Mangeshkar:

Rishi Kapoor:

Madhuri Dixit Nene: 

Richa Chadha: 

Riteish Deshmukh:

Anil Kapoor: 

Madhur Bhandarkar: 

Sonu Nigam:

https://twitter.com/sonunigam/status/739128251306500096

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Ekta Kapoor: People watched ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ even during Gujarat quake

Along with it, Ekta posted a video clip of the show”s title track.

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Mumbai, July 3 : Producer Ekta Kapoor is celebrating 20 years of her popular TV show “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”.

On Friday, Ekta took to Instagram and penned a lengthy note, recalling working on the daily soap, which successfully ran for eight long years.

“20 years today to ”Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi…!”I remember sitting nervously in front of Sameer sir and Tarun pitching ”Kyunki…” to them. Telling them ”saas-bahu” drama could work…and that we were willing to do it in 1lac. Then Tarun called my mum and said ”I”m calling to negotiate”… my mum said ”No no, we can”t do it in under a lac…” and he responded saying, ”Sameer Nair has said we will give you 1.40 lac for it…pls spend on this show!”

“Never has it happened that a channel has negotiated and given more money because they wanted better quality. But that was the conviction and backing the channel gave us. For the first time a daily soap was on prime time and went onto make history, as we know it,” Ekta wrote.

The show revolved around an ideal daughter-in-law Tulsi Virani, the daughter of a pandit, married to the grandson of rich business tycoon Govardhan Virani. The role of the protagonist Tulsi Virani was played by Smriti Irani.

Ekta also shared how people of Gujarat watched the show even when there was an earthquake.

“A show that changed my life. Back then it was touted as India”s ”soft ambassador”, owing to its popularity and reach across the globe. Thank you to the network for giving us a chance at that time. I remember reading about how when the Gujarat earthquake happened, ppl put their TV sets out and watched Kyunki. There hasn”t been a more humbling moment for me. Thank you for all the love that was sent our way,” she concluded.

Along with it, Ekta posted a video clip of the show”s title track.

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Saroj Khan will live in history of choreography for Indian cinema: Subhash Ghai

She was an integral part of our Mukta Arts family-She was my strong partner in grooming stars like Madhuri Meenakshi, Manisha and Aishwarya. Master of masters.

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Mumbai, July 3 : Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has described prolific choreographer Saroj Khans death as a “personal loss”, and said that she will forever live in the history of choreography in Indian cinema.

Almost all the biggest films in Ghai”s career had Saroj Khan calling the shots for some of the biggest dance hits in his films. These include “Hero” (1983), “Karma” (1986), “Ram Lakhan” (1989), “Khalnayak” (1993), “Pardes” (1997), “Taal” (1999), “Yaadein” (2001) and “Kisna” (2005).

On Friday, Ghai shared an emotional video talking about Saroj Khan, who passed away after a cardiac arrest in the early hours at the age of 71.

“Saroj Khan. My biggest personal loss. An integral part of my journey in cinema — Sarojji. Keeping alive classical dance in Hindi cinema was Saroj Khan. Change has come and change will come, but Saroj Khan will not. We all have become masters by becoming her students. Cinema will always remember her. What do I say, I have no words. I am saddened,” he said in the video.

Alongside the video he also shared a message, where he said that she was a strong partner in grooming stars like Meenakshi Sheshadri, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala and Aishwarya Rai.

Meenakshi Sheshadri became an overnight star after “Hero”, Ghai”s musical blockbuster of 1983. Madhuri worked in the Ghai hits “Ram Lakhan” and “Khalnayak”, both of which had superhit dances choreographed by Saroj Khan. Manisha Koirala made her debut in Ghai’s 1991 hit “Saudagar”, which had several hit song-and-dance sequences, while Aishwarya Rai’s dances in “Taal” continue to be a rage to this day.

“An era has gone. Absolutely my personal loss. She was an integral part of our Mukta Arts family-She was my strong partner in grooming stars like Madhuri Meenakshi, Manisha and Aishwarya. Master of masters. Saroj Khan will live in the history of choreography for Indian cinema indeed. Bye Jaan. RIP,” said Ghai.

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Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Khan, born in 1948, started out in films at the age of three as a child artiste before a stint as a back-up dancer in the fifties.

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Mumbai, July 3 : Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away after a cardiac arrest on early on Friday. She was 71.

Khan was diabetic and had complained of breathing problem last month, following which she was admitted to Mumbai”s Guru Nanak Hospital. Over the past few weeks, she had been experiencing multiple health issues, though she had tested negative for Covid-19. She breathed her last at around 1.30 a.m., family sources said.

The last rites were performed at Malad burial ground. Few members of her family were allowed at the burial owing to social distancing norms.

Khan won the National Award thrice in her lifetime. In 2003, she received the honour for the song “Dola re dola” in “Devdas”, picturised on Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan. In 2006, she was a recipient of the award for all the songs she choreographed in the Tamil film, “Sringaram”. In 2008, she won the award for the song “Yeh ishq haaye” filmed on Kareena Kapoor in “Jab We Met”.

One of the most prolific choreographers of the Hindi film industry, Khan, fondly called ”Masterji” in Bollywood, had called the shots in over 2,000 songs spanning over four decades.

Although Khan started out in the early seventies, she really became a household name in the mid to late eighties, first directing some memorable dances for Sridevi and then Madhuri Dixit, the reigning superstars of the era.

Khan started out choreographing with the 1974 film, “Geeta Mera Naam “. She directed songs for the Tamil film “Thai Veedu” in 1983, and also worked in Subhash Ghai”s superhit “Hero” the same year.

It was the 1986 film, “Nagina” that made her a household name. Sridevi”s iconic dance “Main naagin tu sapera” in that film continues to be a popular number even today.

Her choreography for Sridevi the next year in “Mr India”, particularly the song “Hawaa hawaai” then scaled popularity.

Khan has also given Madhuri Dixit some of her most iconic hits including “Ek do teen” (“Tezaab”), and “Dhak dhak” (“Beta”) among numerous others.

Lately, Khan has been selective with signing new projects. Her recent works include choreographing Kangana Ranaut in “Manikarnika” last year and “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” in 2015.

Her last major assignment has been directing Madhuri”s moves in last year”s release, “Kalank”.

Khan, born in 1948, started out in films at the age of three as a child artiste before a stint as a back-up dancer in the fifties.

She is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.

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