2020 saw the demise of many film stalwarts, one of them is Late Choreographer Saroj Khan, the first woman choreographer in Bollywood. In her illustrious career spanning more than 40 years, she has choreographed more than 3000 songs.
Out of the many films that were close to Khan’s heart – one of them could not see a release due to the pandemic. The film is titled ‘Raag’ and is based on the ‘Bedia’ community which is found in central provinces and has been engaged in singing and dancing as ‘rai’ folk artists. The community is now typically found in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The good news for all the fans of the late choreographer is that the movie is now releasing in cinemas on 26th March 2021. The movie showcases the tale of a girl from the community – Madhu who rebels to bring a change through education. How situations unfold is the later part of the story.
The project which is helmed by Arvind Tripathi features an ensemble star cast that has actors like Rajpal Yadav, Rakesh Bedi, Sudha Chandran, Mohan Joshi, Yashpal Sharma, Milind Gunaji, Manisha Marzara, etc. Commenting on the occasion producer Piyush Mundhada said “The pandemic had brought the cinemas to a grinding halt last year. During the pandemic, we lost Saroj Ji as well – she was the backbone of our project. Right from helping us in finalising the story to choreographing to suggesting putting an item number in the film to casting one of her favourite students – Heena Panchal for the same; Saroj Ji helped us a lot. Despite all our earnest efforts the film could not be released while she was around. However, we are now releasing it on 26th March 2021, and it is our tribute to the noble soul. It is also the first work of the late choreographer to release in theatres posthumously. Had she been there, she would have been very proud of the same; however, her blessings are always there with us.”
Whether the songs of ‘Raag’ are able to weave the same magic as ‘Hawa Hawai’, ‘Ek Do Teen’, ‘Tamma Tamma Loge’ or ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ will be decided by the audiences soon. The songs for the film are sung by Mamta Sharma, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Raghuvir Yadav, Rekha Rao, Shaan and Shabab Sabri and the music is on T-Series; the film is in the ‘Social Drama’ genre.