The actress then fondly recalled an old episode and said, “Hann khaayi hai daant bhi khaayi hai. Ek baar mujhe daant diya kyuki main ro padi kyuki mere director ne mujhe daant diya tha..toh mere aankh mein aansun aagaye…woh daantti, ‘Ro kyu rahi ho? Rone ka nahi kabhi life mein’. She used to give me that strength on the sets. Bohut bohut bohut unko yaad karti hun. (Yes, I’ve been scolded by her. Once I was scolded for crying after the director had scolded me. She said, ‘Why are you crying? Don’t ever cry in life’ I miss her a lot).”
Praising the popular choreographer, Madhuri added, “Humara relation kuch alag hi tha…kyunki mein unko mera guru maanti thi aur itna kuch seekha hai mene unse chahe woh expression ho, movements ho, nazakat ho…camera ke saamne kaise presentable lagna hai, dance karna hai. (Our relationship was different…I considered her as my guru and I have learnt a lot from her…be it expression, movements, grace, how to look presentable or dance in front of the camera).”
Madhuri hailed her as an example of ‘naari shakti’ as she talked about how Saroj Ji made her space in a male-dominated industry when she had started and came to be called as, ‘Masterji’.
The actress concluded by sharing that Tabah Ho gaye was their last song together. She recalled how Saroj Ji couldn’t dance then but she sat and instructed her. Madhuri said she would instantly get what Saroj Ji tried to say and her appreciation meant she had given a good shot.