Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his place alongside other world leaders at Madame Tussauds London. His new wax figure today arrived at the Baker Street attraction fresh from Delhi, where Mr Modi had a private viewing with his likeness last week
The figure is featured in the famous attraction’s popular World Leaders area alongside present day leaders Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Francoise Hollande, 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”.
General Manager of Madame Tussauds London, Edward Fuller, commented: “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. It’s not every day you get to stand alongside the statesmen and women shaping our world and we think guests will relish the chance to rub shoulders with Mr Modi.”
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 the statesman, 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.
Madame Tussauds Studios London has been making wax figures for over 150 years. Each masterpiece takes four months, and a team of 20 dedicated sculptors, to create. Over 500 precise body measurements are referenced, real head hairs are inserted one by one, and countless layers of paints and tints are applied to build up skin tones – all to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has kept Madame Tussauds world renowned for over two centuries.
Madame Tussauds has attractions in London, Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Wuhan, Blackpool UK and Sydney, with interactive figures and experiences built around fame and celebrity. In London, guests can get up close and personal with more than 300 lifelike wax figures of today’s biggest stars; take a time-travelling taxi ride through 400 years of amazing London history; enjoy the exclusive Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience; and come face-to-face with 16 of the biggest heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in 11 scenes recreating some of the most iconic moments in film history.