Madame Tussauds London today welcomed award-winning Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene. Madhuri, famed for her dazzling dancing, was at the world famous attraction to unveil her stunning new wax figure in front of friends and family.
The star of hit films including Devdas, Dil To Pagal Hai, Beta and M.f Hussain’s Gaja Gamini is the sixth Bollywood celebrity to be honoured by Madame Tussauds London and only the second actress following Aishwarya Rai who entered the attraction back in 2004.
On meeting her double for the first time Madhuri commented "It is hard to imagine yourself like this and meeting my wax double today is very surreal, it feels like an out of body experience. I would like to congratulate the team at Madame Tussauds London as they have done a beautiful job!"
Madhuri was completely involved in the creation of her figure, attending a sitting in Mumbai where sculptors captured a catalogue of reference photographs and hundreds of precise measurements to create this staggering likeness. Madhuri also donated the exquisite sari her figure is wearing. The figure took four months to make at a cost of £150,000.
Liz Edwards, PR Manager at Madame Tussauds London commented: "We’re delighted to welcome Madhuri (and her family) here today and to be including her figure in our A-list line-up. We know Bollywood fans will also be delighted; we have been inundated with requests to make Madhuri’s figure and we hope they agree it is a wonderful likeness. With so many awards to her name and a career spanning over 25 years she undoubtedly deserves her place here at Madame Tussauds London."
The world famous attraction has worked closely with the Indian film industry over the last decade and the Bollywood area is one of its most popular, featuring figures of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in a colourful, themed set. Since the introduction of the first Bollywood film star, Amitabh Bachchan, in 2000 Asian visitors to the attraction have increased and the Bollywood factor has spread worldwide. A number of Madame Tussauds around the world feature Indian film stars and a travelling Bollywood exhibition, showcasing five icons from the genre, will be visiting all 12 attractions over the next two years.