Saroj’s daughter has said that Salman helped when her son had to get heart surgery.
The choreographer died on Friday, after a cardiac arrest.
Not only had choreographer Saroj Khan and actor Salman Khan put aside past differences,
Salman had stood like a rock beside her and her family in difficult times.
“Salman Khan helped us for my son’s operation,” Saroj’s daughter Sukaina told Pinkvilla.
“I had to take my son to Kerala for an open heart surgery and it was he who helped us with
it completely. Mr Khan stood like a rock beside us and Sandhya (his teammate) got us in
touch with him and we went through this together. He was there for us when we needed it
and my mother also valued that quality in him.”
In recent years, there were reports of a rift between the two, but Sukaina said that they’d
patched up. “I don’t know why people are still saying such negative things about him. He
stands up for everyone and helps people in a lot of ways that others might not know about,
” she said.
She continued, “They already let bygones be bygones and the entire media saw their
pictures together. It showed that they both like each other again. They were there for each
other. I don’t know why people are bringing all these old topics up again? Salman Khan
and his team have been really kind and helpful to my mother and the entire family.”
Such was Saroj’s love for Salman, in fact, that just a week before being admitted to hospital,
she prayed for his well-being. “I still remember a week before she got admitted in the
hospital, she went in for namaaz and when she got up, I asked her if she prayed for us. She
said she obviously prayed for her family but there was someone special she was praying for,”
Sukaina said. “When I asked her who it was, she said, it was Salman Khan. I looked at her
and smiled. She told me that Salman sir is doing so much good for people around him but
he’s always taken in the wrong, which is what I don’t understand. He isn’t bad and people
should just let him be. She wished him a long life and happiness.”
The choreographer’s death was condoled by several industry figures, such as Shah Rukh Khan
, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan and others. She was laid to rest at a Malad cemetery.