Indian street food is famous the world over, I suppose. So, today’s topic is Bollywood’s street food. Delhi’s Chaat, Mumbai’s Chivda, Vada Pao and Bhel Puri are just some of India’s culinary delicacies from the streets. So, may it be raw and ripe ber fruit, batata wada or ghujia, all are tasted with a lot of love. Even the street-side Keralite tender coconut vendors are seen with respect since they quench our thirst and give our energy some boost through their products.
Street food is an essential part of the life of the cities. Though they are often served in unhygienic surroundings, the products are still liked by the people – both from the lower strata of the society as well as higher – because of their easy availability and taste. Instead of throwing these street vendors out of their work, the Government should make some regulations for hygienic dissemination of the food and give them some concessions for the raw materials. This is because most such people start these stalls due to absence of jobs.
Bollywood’s Street Food:
Ber liyo ber liyo… Paisa Ya Pyar (1969)
Batata wada… Hifazat (1973)
Arey le lo Bhai chivda le lo… Baniya Bapu (1977) This is a Marathi movie song, with some Hindi lyrics. Somehow, I find this close to my heart, perhaps, because of the singers – Amit Kumar and Shailendra Singh.
Main hoon Krishnan Iyer MA aaya nariyal paniwala… Agnipath (1990)
Main raste se ja raha tha main bhelpuri kha raha tha… Coolie no. 1 (1995)
Aaj unse milna hai humein chal unke liye kuch lete chalen… Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)