Atul Kulkarni Feels Vada Pav Has Been Glorified

Atul Kulkarni doesn't like Mumbai's vada pav cause he can't stand pav.

by Ankita Mazumdar
Atul Kulkarni Feels Vada Pav Has Been Glorified

Atul Kulkarni is an extremely talented actor with two National Awards and many more to come. He flawlessly portrays each character and continues to win hearts. Today, we will talk about how he thinks the almost staple street food of Mumbai has been glorified. After Bala Saheb Thackeray spoke about this dish, the popularity of vada pav increased. He talked more about it on this episode of Tere Gully Mein with Arohi Thatte, our anchor.

Atul Kulkarni Thinks Vada Pav Is Glorified And Glamourised

We played a fun Rapid-Fire game with Atul Kulkarni and the questions were related to Mumbai. We wanted to test his knowledge about the city as this episode is very much about Maharashtra and its cuisine. One of the questions was, “This street food became the symbol of the Marathi maanus after Bala Saheb Thackeray ji spoke of it.” He immediately answered, “It’s Vada Pav.” He added that with time, vada pav became much too glorified and its easy access paved the way for it to become Mumbai’s street food.

Along with this, he also confessed that he is not the biggest fan of vada pav and he actually can’t stand it. I think Mumbaikars are giving him the side-eye in disapproval but let’s not forget he loves Maharashtrian food overall and is a typical Marathi maanus. Upon enquiring why he didn’t like it, he told us that he dislikes pav and fried things. He told us, “The combination of fried potato vada and pav is something I just can’t digest.” Well, it looks like he is also maintaining his dietary restrictions.

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He Explained How Vada Pav Became Mumbai’s Street Food

Atul Kulkarni Tere Gully Mein
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He shared with us a little story about how vada pav gained so much popularity and ended up becoming a go-to food combination with cutting chai. He told us that it basically was initiated with the meetings held by mill workers during nighttime. It was quick to make and became an easy food to have after meetings. It is the same with pav bhaji as well. Workers would collect leftover sabzis from nearby restaurants and make bhaji out of it.

He continued that pav was easily available as the bakeries would start to bake them early in the evening for the next day. So, when it was time for the last shifts during the middle of the night, Vada Pav was “very handy and that is how it became Mumbai’s food”. Interesting!

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Did you know about how Vada Pav became Mumbai’s Vada Pav? Let us know in the comments below.

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