Madame Tussaud’s today unveiled its latest waxwork – a £150,000 likeness of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr Modi’s work took its place alongside other world leaders at Madame Tussauds London on Thursday after being flown in from Delhi where it had been given the “all-clear” by the Indian leader.
The Modi figure joins other current leaders Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Francoise Holland, as well as political heavyweights of the past including Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.
Mr Modi was closely involved in the creation of his figure and has professed himself delighted with the final results, declaring that the Madame Tussauds team are “exceptional at what they do”.
“We are delighted that Mr Modi was able to see this very figure in India last week, and to welcome him to Madame Tussauds London today. It’s wonderful that our visitors now have the chance to get up close to this influential leader, who is the source of so much public interest”, said Edward Fuller, General Manager of Madame Tussauds London.
Mr Modi’s figure is dressed in his signature Kurta in cream with jacket and he is featured in a traditional pose making a namaste gesture.
London’s figure is one of four created of Mr Modi, with the other three taking up residence at Madame Tussauds attractions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Each figure took a team of talented artists four months and cost £150,000 to create.