Chetan Salunkhe is an Indian street dancer who is best known for winning the dance reality show “Dance Plus 4” in 2019. Chetan is one of the recent examples of rags to riches stories. He has recieved acclaims by many celebrities for his unique dance moves. This self-taught dancer has impressed one and all with his jaw-dropping performances.
Chetan Salunkhe was born into a lower-middle-class Marathi Family in the Pune City of Maharashtra in the year 1999 (age 19 years; as in 2018). He is also popular with the nicknames of Chain and Popping Badshah. Salunkhe grew up in a slum area of the City of Pune. At a very early age, Chetan got inclined towards dancing. In his childhood, he used to dance on the streets of his locality and would often get praise from the people of his area.
Chetan Salunkhe used to copy the dance moves of the famous dancers including Prabhu Deva, Govinda, and Michael Jackson.
He considers himself a self-taught dancer. On the suggestions of his friends and relatives, Chetan started taking part in various dance shows.
Height: 5’ 6”
Weight: 55 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Salunkhe’s mother works as a household help; because his father is unable to work due to some leg problems.
He is very close to his mother and gives her all the credit behind his success.
Chetan Salunkhe loves to get inked. He has a tattoo on his right arm; having the word “Mom” in the English alphabets.
Chetan has another tattoo on his chest, which is of a crown with the word “Badshah” beneath it.
In 2018, Chetan participated in Dance Maharashtra Dance; a dance reality show, which was broadcast on ZEE Yuva.
Then, he gave auditions for Dance Plus 4; another dance reality show, which was broadcast on Star Plus. In the first three auditions, he could not get selected. However, he got selected in his fourth audition.
On the show of Dance Plus 4, he recieved huge support; both from the audience and his friends & relatives, especially his grandmother who had actively campaigned for him.
In February 2019, he was declared the winner of the dance TV reality show “Dance Plus 4.” Besides a trophy, he also won ₹25 lakh as the prize money.
After his win, he said that he would like to buy a new house for his family with his prize money. He also went on to say that-
My mother had taken several loans which we could not repay so I had to quit school and work after the 10th standard. I asked mom to give me one chance to take part in this show but I never thought I will win.”
- Chetan Salunkhe considers himself a self-taught dancer.
- His speciality is Popping; a street dance and one of the original funk styles that came from Fresno, California during the early 1970s.
- Chetan is a huge fan of Ketaki Mategaonkar, a famous Marathi singer and actor.
- Chetan loves travelling and playing the guitar.
- He left his schooling after the 10th standard and started working to financially support his family.
- His favourite actor is Shah Rukh Khan.
- Chetan loves to emulate the dance moves of Michael Jackson, Govinda, and Prabhu Deva.
- Chetan is an ardent follower of B. R. Ambedkar.
- On the show of Dance Plus 4, the famous Bollywood actor, Govinda, gifted him clothes and shoes.
- His mother is a huge fan of Madhuri Dixit who also got the chance to dance with her on the show of Dance Plus 4.