It is not abnormal for the teacher to remain a teacher, and for
the student to become much bigger than him. Take the case of Saroj
Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Saroj is largely responsible for the dancer
that Madhuri has become. They had a guru-shishya relationship. This
relationship began with Tezaab, and lasted till
Bollywood has always had choreographers and dancers, but it was
Madhuri who took on screen dancing to an entirely new level as the
heroine of a film. Then she went and got married. Now, with her
comeback film, 'Aaja Nachle', Madhuri is expected to appease not
just her fans, but especially the fans who worship her dance
skills, and the film is most aptly titled.
Co-incidentally, her guru, Saroj, has just signed a show named
'Nachle Ve With Saroj Khan', for NDTV Imagine. This programme will
see Saroj attempting to recreate the Madhuri magic with other
people. In other words, she will invite non-dancers to learn some
Bollywood steps from her.
Madhuri's film releases this November, while Saroj's programme
will go on air in January. Although it is clear who the bigger star
is, it remains to be seen which one becomes more popular. And there
is no problem if the 'Ek-Do-Teen' girl becomes even bigger, because
a teacher's efficiency is measured by his student's success.