We all have a few friends who probably go on a foreign tour and upload a lot of pictures and selfies on their social media. If you’re one of those who looks at them and wonders when you will be able to experience it all, then the answer is soon. One of the most iconic museums across the world will soon be opening in Delhi, and we’ll all have our own wax statues to stand by! Yes, you’ve guessed it right! By June this year India will have its own Madame Tussauds in the capital city of New Delhi.
Madame Tussauds is a famous interactive wax museum that houses wax statues of celebrities that are made to scale to match every tiny detail from their famous character. One of London’s biggest tourist attractions, the Madame Tussauds has over 22 branches all over the world and is all set to open another one in Delhi. This will be the first of its kind to open across India.
The museum is expected to showcase more than 50 was figures some of which include Sachin Tendulkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan and the likes. The museum will also house various global celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jackie Chan. Very soon all of us will be able to visit our own Madame Tussauds without having to pay for an expensive flight ticket or spare half a month to go on a vacation.
Each of the statues made cost over 1.5 crores. A team of 20 artists will take about four months to create these mesmerising statues. The process begins with a sitting with the celebrity where all the measurements, details and skin tone samples are collected. They also click pictures of the eyes to get the perfect colours. The information is then sent to the UK where their team of experts works to bring the wax figure to life.
The announcement of the Delhi branch was made at the Shangri-La Hotel followed by an unveiling of the wax statue of Mr Amitabh Bachchan. In a blue bandh gala statue does justice to this Shehenshah of the Hindi Film Industry.
Most of us probably expected it to open in Mumbai first; however, the UK-based Entertainment Company wanted to debut in Delhi and a place in the heritage Regal Cinemas building only made this better. The museum will occupy the first and the second floor of the Regal Cinemas building at Connaught Place.
The museum plans to finalise on an entry fee once they receive a GST clearance from the government. The museum in Delhi, just like the other 22 across the world will be interactive, allowing people to touch and click pictures with the Statues. Although it is located in Delhi, the lifelike wax figures that are made to look absolutely perfect will be made in London. A specialised team in Delhi will be trained to maintain these once they are in the museum.
You should probably book your tickets so you can fly to Delhi and get a picture with the Shehenshah before all your friends do!