Actor-turned-politician and presently Congress spokesman, Raj Babbar’s controversial remark (at an All India Congress Committee briefing) about the, full meal at Rs 12 in Mumbai, has been slammed nationwide.
He reportedly said, “People should have full meals two times a day. How one can have it is a very good question that you have asked. Even today in Mumbai city, I can have a full meal at Rs 12. No no not bada paav. So much of rice, daal saambhar and with that some vegetables are also mixed. (sic)"
Following this, criticism came thick and fast, and a statement expressing regret has also been issued since. So we didn’t ask Bollywood celebrities to add to the long list of reactions. Instead, we asked them to talk about the cheapest meals they remember having eaten.
Richa Chadda, actor: Around seven years ago in a subsidised canteen, I had a south Indian thali for Rs 15. It was in an ashram in Ganeshpuri, located outside Mumbai. Then, three years back, I found food for Rs 25 at an Udipi place in Mumbai.
Huma Qureshi, actor: Three or four years back, outside National Defence College (Delhi), I had a plate of roadside Momos for Rs 20, and Chhole Kulche for Rs 15 outside Gargi College (also in Delhi).
Shoojit Sircar, filmmaker: It was a long time ago in Kolkata. I remember having a full meal with rice, dal and a piece of fish for just Rs 2.50. It was at a roadside eatery in Baghbazar in 2001 or 2002.
Manoj Bajpai, actor: Kolkata has always been the place where you get the cheapest meals. In 1989 or 1990, on Theatre Road in Kolkata, I had a Chicken Roll for just Rs 10; the Egg Rolls were even cheaper. Now, it has gone up to Rs 30, which is still cheap.
Vir Das, actor-comedian: The cheapest meal I’ve had was when I was studying in the US. I was broke. I made friends with a cook at this place called Akbar’s. He’d sell me samosas for 10 cents apiece. I would get 10 samosas for a dollar (nearly Rs 60), which was my lunch and dinner.
Tusshar, actor: While shooting for Shootout At Wadala in the interiors of Pune, John Abraham and I had Thecha (a vegetarian maharashtrian preparation) with bajra ki roti. That cost us Rs 25.