Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the ranks of prominent global leaders at Madame Tussauds in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok next month, the world famous wax museum announced on Wednesday.
Describing Mr. Modi as “one of the most influential statesmen on the world stage,” the British waxworks museum said that it will unveil figures of the Indian leader at its four attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, in April.
The wax figures at each of the museum’s locations around Europe and Asia will be dressed in Modi’s “signature kurta” in cream with a jacket and he will be featured in a traditional pose “making a namaste gesture”.
PM modi said "Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of very distinguished dignitaries from around the world - how could I regard myself worthy of being alongside them But when I was informed that your decision had emanated from public opinion and public sentiment, I was comforted."
“Prime Minister Modi is a hugely important figure in world politics, a position supported by his place in the top 10 of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year List 2015,” said museum spokesperson Kieran Lancini.
Each figure took a team of Madame Tussauds’ artists four months and cost around £150,000 to create. “Guests will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and measure up to one of the most powerful men in the world – and even grab a selfie when the figures arrive in their locations,” the museum said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses for his wax statue in New Delhi on Wednesday.A new branch of Madame Tussauds is also set to open in New Delhi as part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, announced during Prime Minister Modi's visit to the UK last November.