Bollywood seems to have a great fan in Madame Tussauds wax museum. Madhuri Nene Dixit, the most recent addition to the pantheon, joins some of the A-listers of Bollywood like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, who already have their wax statues there. Today we look at Bollywood’s section at Madam Tussauds
The West has always been enchanted by the movies Bollywood has produced. Fans abroad are more than eager to get to a glimpse of Big B or the King Khan. While cinema lovers abroad were once content to watch their favourite actors on the big screen, Madame Tussauds has given them a reason to get closer to the celebrities they idolise.
It was no surprise when Amitabh Bachchan became the first Asian celebrity to be featured in the prestigious Tussauds. With this, Bachchan had his and Bollywood’s presence established there for posterity. If not with him, his fans have the opportunity of taking a picture with his statue in London, Hong Kong and New York wax museums.
After Big B it was Aishwarya Rai who became the second celebrity from the Bollywood and the first female actor to stand alongside the legend. Dressed in traditional Indian attire, the light-eyed beauty had a wax model dedicated to her at the Tussauds museum in New York in 2004.
Well, if the Shenshah of Bollywood is there then the Badshah of Bollywood cannot be too far behind. The world’s favourite lover boy, SRK got his wax model in 2007. The statue looks every bit like Shah Rukh and it has been an object of awe and admiration for his fans world over.
Our next celebrity’s name has figured in the list of the most handsome men in the world, so it should not come as a surprise that Salman Khan was the next in line for this honour as well. One of the most loveable Khans in the film industry, Salman is famously known as the bad guy of Bollywood due to his antics on and off screen. His wax
statue has captured that rugged raw appeal which makes women go gaga over him.
With Kaho Na Pyaar Hai he earned the tag of the handsome loverboy, and with Dhoom2 he came to be known as the actor with the Greek god looks. His blonde streaked hair and chiseled body in the thrilling action film became a favourite with the masses. And the team at Madame Tussauds too could not help but be struck by his effortless charm. In 2011, Hrithik became the fifth Bollywood celebrity to be honoured at Tussauds. The statue has immortalised the oh-so-cool look he had in Dhoom2.
Last year started with the Dhoom boy standing next to the veterans and in October 2011, Kareena Kapoor unveiled her statue at Blackpool. The unveiling also kick-started a world tour of the statue. Initially it was her Chameli look that was to be set in wax but later it was finalised to the peppy Jab we Met look. Bebo is the second Indian female celebrity to have a wax model at Madame Tussauds.
The latest to join this elite list is Madhuri Dixit. After her going the family way, the former queen of Bollywood was rarely seen in the media. However, of late it seems the dancing diva is back to doing what her first love is— acting. Known as the dhak dhak girl, her 1,000 watt smile, and graceful moves still make millions of hearts go aflutter. Now, Madhuri’s fans have one more reason to celebrate apart from her comeback into the industry. On March 2012 Madame Tussauds will dazzle with the diva’s smile when they will unveil her wax statue at the London wax museum.