The world-famous Madam Tussadswax museum has been a major crowd puller for London since its inception. Now it will give Indians another reason to visit its capital city New Delhi, as wax museum will open its new venture here, especially for the Bollywood stars put in the wax form.
Merlin Entertainments, owned by Lego family trust and Blackstone and CVC, is set to invest 50 million pounds in India over 10 years, rolling out other UK favourites, such as Sea Life aquariums and Legoland Discovery Centres, across Indian cities. These initiatives are part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017. “The great partnership between India and the UK extends beyond economic ties to the boards of The Bard and the beaches of Bollywood. We have some of the best cultural exports in the world — and it’s about time we celebrated this, together”, said British PM David Cameron. The British PM Cameron also announced that in the year 2017, several festivals will be organized to celebrate India's 70th independence anniversary and also the cultural ties between the two countries. Under the initiative, the top UK institutions will partner with their Indian counterparts strengthening cultural and economic ties between the two nations, and also showcasing the British creativity on the global arena
Bollywood biggies including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai are among the most popular exhibits at the famous waxworks in London. Big B’s wax statue was the first Bollywood stars to be included in year 2000. Katrina Kaif addition in March 2015 is the latest. Up till now seven Bollywood personalities have been exhibited in the London wax museum.
Marie Tussaud, founder of the museum in the year 1835 was a native of Strasbourgh, France. Marie's first sculpture was Francois Voltaire which she made when she was 16, in the year 1777. Filled with exciting and interactive zones, Madame Tussauds combines glitz and glamour in amazing locations all over the world. It normally takes approximately six months, over 250 precise measurements and photographs, around 2,500 pounds of wax to create each of Madame Tussaud's wax portraits.