Bollywood at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

How much is put in to create one wax statue at Madame Tussauds? $300,000. That’s an awesome lot.

Photo Courtesy: Madame Tussauds

Photo Courtesy: Madame Tussauds

Forget the figure and appreciate the tribute Hollywood is paying in the centenary year of Indian Cinema.

Celebrating Bollywood’s accomplishment, Tussauds Hollywood has put up an exhibit with five life-like figures of Indian actors – Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Hritik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai.

As the exhibit continues through November, many visitors to Hollywood would get to know about the Indian cinema and its centennial occasion.

There is so much to Indian cinema which needs to be exhibited.

Photo Courtesy: Madame Tussauds

Photo Courtesy: Madame Tussauds

As for now, created by a team of artists in London in about four months time and $300,000 been spent on each statue, the Bollywood exhibits shine at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. They arrived here for the first time.

Madame Tussauds started as a traveling exhibit before establishing a permanent home in London and then gradually expanding to 14 destinations worldwide.

On this exhibit, it described the Indian actors as Hindi cinema legends stating that Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most renowned actors and is referred to as “King Khan” while Aishwarya Rai is one of the leading contemporary actresses of Indian cinema featuring in the blockbuster action thriller Dhoom 2.

Madame Tussauds lauded Hrithik Roshan as an acclaimed actor and recipient of numerous Best Actor awards and noted that Kareena Kapoor had performed across a range of film genres, from romantic dramas and comedies to independent films.

On Big B, it said he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.

The exhibit was opened on August 1 with a traditional Bollywood dance performance by Blue13 Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble based in Los Angeles.

“They may not be as well known as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, but the top stars of India’s film industry are coming to Hollywood — in wax form,” The Los Angeles Times reported in its curtain raiser.

“The fact that we’re in the heart of movieland, people expect to see all kinds of movie characters here,” the newspaper quoted Colin Thomas, general manager of the Hollywood wax museum, as saying.

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