How Saroj Khan Rescued Madhuri Dixit’s ‘Dhak Dhak’ From CBFC Edits

Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan, known for shaping dance in Bollywood, played a pivotal role in preserving theiconic “Dhak Dhak” song featuring Madhuri Dixit. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) aimed to edit certain scenes, citing concerns about provocative dance steps.

Saroj Khan’s Role in Bollywood

Saroj Khan’s influence in Bollywood dance is undeniable, having mentored top actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, and Sridevi. The “Dhak Dhak” song, choreographed for Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, solidified her title as the “Dhak Dhak girl.”

CBFC’s Concerns and Saroj Khan’s Intervention

"Saroj Khan's dance prowess and persuasive skills saved Madhuri Dixit's 'Dhak Dhak' from CBFC's chopping block. Unravel the iconic dance's untold history."

In a 2012 documentary, “The Saroj Khan Story,” produced by The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Saroj Khan disclosed her interaction with CBFC members. The board expressed reservations about specific dance steps, especially a scene depicting Madhuri sitting down. Saroj Khan, alongside the producer and director, addressed CBFC’s concerns through a real-life demonstration.

The Demonstrative Conversation

Saroj Khan engaged in a conversation with a CBFC member who objected to the intentional chest shaking in the dance. She demonstrated that the movement was a natural outcome of wearing high heels and explained the necessity to convey the heartbeat in the dance. Her convincing demonstration led the CBFC to allow the song to proceed without cuts.

Saroj Khan’s Journey in the Film Industry

Saroj Khan’s journey in the film industry began at a young age. Starting as a child artist, she later discovered her passion for dancing and went on to choreograph for numerous films, including iconic ones like “Mr. India,” “Chandni,” “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” and “Taal.” Her successful partnership with Madhuri Dixit became a hallmark of her career.

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