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Chandrika Dixit

Entrepreneur

Chandrika Gera Dixit, popularly known as the 'Vada Pav Girl,' hails from Delhi, India. Before rising to fame, she worked at Haldiram's, a well-known food chain in India.

Chandrika Dixit

Last Updated: June 29, 2024

Early Life and Background

Chandrika Gera Dixit, popularly known as the ‘Vada Pav Girl,’ hails from Delhi, India. Before rising to fame, she worked at Haldiram’s, a well-known food chain in India. Her life took a dramatic turn when her son fell ill with dengue fever, prompting her to leave her job and explore alternative ways to support her family. With her husband working unconventional hours with Rapido, Chandrika decided to pursue her passion for cooking, leading to the establishment of her own food cart business in Delhi’s Sainik Vihar.

Journey to Stardom

Chandrika’s culinary venture began modestly, focusing on Mumbai’s beloved street food, vada pav. Her stall quickly gained a local following, but it was a video by food vlogger Amit Jindal that catapulted her to national attention. The video showcased Chandrika skillfully making and selling vada pav, going viral and turning her into a social media sensation overnight. Her vibrant personality and dedication to her craft resonated with many, drawing large crowds to her food cart.

Challenges and Controversies

With fame came challenges. Chandrika faced harassment from Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) officials, who demanded money despite her adherence to official fees. She also dealt with competition from other street vendors, some of whom set up rival vada pav stalls in close proximity. Despite these hurdles, Chandrika remained resilient and continued to thrive in her business.

Collaborations and Recognition

Chandrika’s popularity led to collaborations with several well-known personalities, including Sunny Arya from Bigg Boss 17, Puneet Superstar, and Sunil Pati, Nagpur’s famous ‘Dolly Chaiwala.’ These collaborations further elevated her profile and showcased her as an inspiration for self-made entrepreneurs. Her success story took an even more dramatic turn when she was seen emerging from the trunk of a luxury Ford Mustang, hinting at future ventures.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 Participation

In 2024, Chandrika Dixit was announced as one of the contestants for Bigg Boss OTT 3, hosted by Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. Her participation in the popular reality show was highly anticipated, with fans eager to see more of her vibrant personality and hear her inspiring story.

Current Status

As of now, Chandrika continues to manage her vada pav business while participating in Bigg Boss OTT 3. Her earnings from selling vada pav, reported to be around ₹40,000 per day, have left many in awe of her entrepreneurial spirit and success. Chandrika’s journey from a humble street vendor to a national sensation stands as a testament to her resilience, hard work, and passion for cooking.

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