The iconic superstar of film choreography Saroj Khan is not amused at being targeted by Farah Khan twice over, once during a promotional appearance on Comedy Nights With Kapil where comedian Kiku Sharda did his trademark takeoff on Saroj Khan. And now in the film Happy New Year Kiku returns to do broad takeoff on the famed choreographer.
Sarojji is neither amused nor flattered by the comic imitation.
Upset but unwilling to let her hurt show Sarojji takes a deep breath and says calmly, "I want all rational media-persons to ask a question on my behalf: what did Farah Khan by getting a comedian to mimic me on Kapil Sharma's show, and then in her film? Kyon mere peeche pade huey ho? Shame on Farah, Kiku Sharda and Kapil Sharma for this kind of behaviour. What has Kapil Sharma got to do with me? Why is he part of this?"
Says the legendary choreographer, "Farah Khan is so frustrated. I saw what they did in Kapil's show. Does this kind of behaviour suit Farah? I really feel sorry for these people. I don't know what they stand to gain from targeting me in this way. Happy New Year is produced by Shah Rukh Khan. We parted ways during Baazigar when an incident happened during a schedule in Mauritius. Since then I've never gone to him asking for work…In fact I've never gone to anyone's office to ask for work in my entire life."
Sarojji feels Farah's animosity goes back a long way. "The incident which Farah's brother Sajid Khan keeps talking about during the shooting of Mansoor Ali Khan's Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar did not happen the way the brother and sister say it happened. The steps for 'Pehla Nasha' which Farah claims to have done were originally mine."
Sarojji feels it's illogical for Farah Khan to feel competitive. "Now she is no longer a choreographer. She is a director. I've never gone to her for work. Then why do I matter so much to her? Just to stay in the news? I am no more in the limelight. I am out of the film industry now. My focus is on teaching dancing to children. I am busy with that. Allah Miyan ne pait diya hai bharega bhi Wohi. Why does she feel threatened by me? Why is she feeling so frustrated? I've never spoken behind her back. Yet Farah and her brother continue to bitch about me."
Regarding the constant barbs about her weight Sarojji asks, "Why target me? Why not Ganesh Acharya? He's more overweight than me. And please come and see me now. I am slimmer than Farah Khan."
Says the indefatigable choreographer, "I think Farah owes me an apology."