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A celebrity birthday for a noble cause.

). A vendor who sells ordinary spicy and crunchy snacks in this city, uniquely celebrates Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixits birthday.

By N. Bhadran Nair

Jamshedpur, May 15 . A vendor who sells ordinary spicy and crunchy snacks in this city, uniquely celebrates Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit's birthday.

On May 15, Madhuri's birth date, Pappu Sardar treats his customers with his popular and mouthwatering snacks free of charge.

His shop is adorned with photographs of Madhuri, the screen goddess of the late 1980s and 1990s. His home is a virtual museum of Madhuri posters - a room is completely kept apart for his favourite actress - and a collection of all Madhuri films.

"I want people to remember this most popular and powerful actress Bollywood ever had," said Pappu, who has never tried to meet his heartthrob.

Pappu was saddened when Madhuri's acting career came to an abrupt end at the pinnacle of her popularity after "Devdas". But when she made a comeback in Yashraj Films Aaja Nachle, Pappu celebrated it in style.

He led a procession in Ranchi, dressed up in fruits and vegetables, to celebrate the return of the Dhak Dhak girl in October last.

"It was to show that Madhuri is still fresh as fruit and vegetable," said Pappu on the rationale of his show.

But behind all these show-biz of Madhuri-craze, what is little known about Pappu is his philanthropy. Madhuri does not titillate his mind, but is only a means for expression of his love for humanity.

Pappu, a school drop-out, had to take over the family responsibilities after the death of his father. He now has a flourishing shop in a popular market in this steel city and spends a sizeable portion of his profits on philanthropic pursuits. But everything has got a Madhuri tag.

The Cheshire Home and an old-age home in Jamshedpur know this better. For the 65 special inmates of Cheshire Home, he is Pappu-bhaiya, and Pappu never disappoints them. A park outside - Madhuri Vatika -- and water coolers in every room are Pappu's contribution to the Home and he never misses a chance to be with them opening up his purse-string liberally. And there are enough posters of Madhuri adorning the walls of the Home for abandoned.

The special children and the inmates of the old-age home were his special guests at the marriage of his niece a couple of years ago, a condition he put forward to the groom's family.

Pappu now plans to get the special children insured; many were abandoned by their parents at the gates of the Home.

Several poor children and unmarried girls are also Pappu's largesse. He also funds their education and marriage of poor girls.

Even Pappu's wife has no complaints for her husband's hooks up to a film actress.

"In fact I got richer after the release of every Madhuri-starred film. He got me the dress Madhuri wore in those pictures stitched for me," giggled Maninder Kaur, Pappu's wife.

Pappu now plans to organize a road-show in New Delhi to revive the interest of Madhuri Dixit amongst the people.


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