Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Chinni Prakash is the acclaimed choreographer of Kannada, Telugu and Hindi films. From his childhood, Chinni Prakash always wanted to make it big in hindi films. After finishing his studies, He came to Bombay and with time, He started working as an assistant to many choreographers.
His first stint as a full fledged choreographer was for film Khandaan (1965). He made a pair with choreographer Sampath and choreographed songs for many big films like Ram aur Shyam (1967), Sadhu aur Shaitaan (1968), and Haathi Mere Saathi (1971). However, after Sabse Bada Rupaiyya (1976), Chinni Prakash disappeared completely.
Chinni Prakash came back to Hindi films as a solo choreographer with Hero Hiralal (1988). His dances for “Bambai Humko Jam Gayi” (Swarg) and “Tamma Tamma” (Thanedaar) became very popular but it was his choreography for the song “Jumma Chumma” (Hum) that did the trick for him. Chinni Prakash suddenly became one of the most sought-after choreographers of hindi cinema.
Chinni Prakash then was a part of many big films in the early 90s like Saajan (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992) and Gumrah (1993). Later, He particularly became a fav. With Akshay Kumar and gave him many hit dance moves in films like Khiladi (1992), Mohra (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Khiladiyon ka Khiladi (1996) and Keemat (1998). He was also a hit with Govinda and did his dances in Coolie no. 1 (1995), Gambler (1997) and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998). Karan Arjun (1995) and Gupt (1997) have two of his most famous dance numbers. His choreography of Rang de (Thakshak) is said to be his best work however. With the coming of 21st century, Chinni Prakash’s work started getting lesser as his dances were not in sync with the requirement of the contemporary hindi films. Although his choreography in Dhadkan (2000) and Jodi no. 1 (2001) was appreciated, He was not certainly as popular and in demand as earlier.
His recently released movie is Jodha Akbar for which he has choreographed the song, Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah.
Chinni Prakash won the Filmfare Best Choreographer award for Hum (1991) He has also won Filmfare awards in 1994 and 1996 for ‘Tu cheez badi hai mast mast’ (Mohra) and ‘Shehar ki Ladki’ (Rakshak) respectively.
His wife is the well known choreographer Rekha Chinni Prakash. He also trained his niece Vaibhavi Merchant, who gave us the moves in Kajra Re, among many other filmi songs.