Fans of legendary Bollywood starlet Madhuri Dixit will have a chance to get really up close and personal with the actress after Madame Tussauds announced her wax figure will join several other Bollywood A-Listers at the London attraction. Madhuri – known for her captivating eyes and sultry dance moves – has reportedly sat through several gruelling sessions with sculptors from the museum to get her likeness absolutely spot on for the unveiling in March.
“Madhuri will make a stunning new addition to our Bollywood area which continues to grow in popularity every year”, said Liz Edwards, PR Manager for Madame Tussauds London. “With so many awards to her name and a career spanning over 25 years she undoubtedly deserves her place here and we expect huge interest in the figure when she takes up residence in 2012.”
“I am really thrilled I am going to be included at Madame Tussauds. It’s a real mark of achievement and to be recognised for ones art and work. It’s also wonderful to be following in the footsteps of other Bollywood stars and some of my personal heroes!” Madhuri commented from Mumbai.
To ensure total authenticity, Madhuri will be closely involved in the creation process, collaborating with the team to agree the pose and even donating a Manish Malhotra sari for her figure to wear. Her hair will flow loosely over her shoulders, styled to show off her long tresses to full effect.
Madhuri’s figure will be in good company at the London attraction joining five of the biggest names in Indian cinema – Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. The figure will cost £150,000 to create and take a team of sculptors, hair, makeup and wardrobe experts four months to create.
Madhuri will be the first Indian actress to be honoured by the London attraction since Aishwarya Rai in 2004. The wax figure for Kareena Kapoor was launched at the new Madame Tussauds in Blackpool in October 2011 and is currently travelling the globe in a new Madame Tussauds Bollywood exhibition.
– Vijitha Alles