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Creative leap for steel city actor

He played the villain in the much-acclaimed 1947 Earth, and now Jamshedpur-born Madhvendra Mehta is ready to don a new hat — that of creative head — for the soon-to-be-released Cigarette ki Tarah.

Madhvendra, who has worked alongside stars like Aamir Khan and Rahul Khanna, is the creative head of PY Films Private Limited, the banner behind Cigarette ki Tarah.

“This is the first film made by PY Films and I am looking after the creative aspects as far as script and direction is concerned. The romantic thriller will be released across the country on December 14,” said Madhvendra (43), who completed his graduation from Jamshedpur Cooperative College in 1992.

Madhvendra, whose parents live in Birsanagar near Golmuri Club, is excited about the upcoming release.

“We have a lot of hopes on this film. It is the debut film of Bhoop Yaduvanshi and is directed by Harjeet Virk. The story is also interesting,” said Madhvendra who can be seen in feature films Anwar, Pathshaala, Aisi Deewangi, Lashkar and Sargana apart from tele-films like Aasra and Andha Safar and serials Sindoor Tere Naam, Detective Karan and Shershah Suri.

Cigarette ki Tarah is the story of a youth who falls in love with a girl and this love leads him into deep trouble and takes him away from other people. The youth, however, keeps on believing in the power of his love, which eventually shows him the way out of all difficulties.

The film has music composed by Sudeep Banerjee, Kavita Seth, Ankur Mishra and Viraj Sawan.

Madhavendra who has written the drama The Legend of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, has also scripted TV comedy serials Ulgulaan and Totaram Ki Ram Kahani. The story, screenplay and dialogues in Hindi feature films Dankaa, Mukti and Dhai Chaal are also his.

“My next project will be on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national who has been in a Pakistan prison and is sentenced to death. The film is named Mistaken and shows how Sarabjit Singh fell victim to a case of mistaken identity,” said Madhvendra, who has already worked as an assistant art director in the film Enjoy (2002).

Madhvendra who is interested in promoting young talents from Jamshedpur, organised career counselling programmes for aspirants from steel city willing to try their luck in cinema in 2003 and 2004. He has also financed two Santhali films, Sagun Ena Suhag Dulad and Hai Re Aree Chaili in 2004.