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Just like Tussauds

A theme park in Kanya Kumari boasts of India's first ever wax museum. And now Sunil Kandaloor, the founder of the museum, will be opening a similar one in Dubai on Jan 24, writes Kirti Mehta.

entertainment Updated: Jan 23, 2008 13:39 IST
Kirti Mehta

A few days ago, Salman Khan's wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tus sauds in London. This makes Indian moviedom's biggest brat the fourth Bollywood actor to be thus honoured. Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan made it to the coveted place before him.

Up next will be Rekha's. Even as Indians rejoice the inclusion, few are aware of a similar museum closer home.

The Baywatch theme park in Kanyakumari has the first-ever wax museum of India. And now Sunil Kandaloor, the man who has behind the museum, will be opening a similar one in Dubai on January 24.

And hold it: he has plans to open a similar museum in Mumbai some time next year.

Desi touch
And is his technique any different from Madam Tussauds'? Kandaloor says, "I don't get any tissue or blood samples to make these figurines. I visit the celebrities and take their measurements. I also take pictures of their different profiles to get the accurate structure and features."

He adds, "Firstly, a clay model is made. Then we decide on the colour to match the skin tone of the celebrity. Then the colour and wax are mixed together and poured onto the clay model. The eyes are made with glass, rubber and plastic.. so that it looks real."

Mind the details
His 23-statue collection includes ‘likenesses' of Rajiv Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Saddam Hussain and Mother Teresa. And how did he get their measurements?

He says, "With Internet bliss, there were no worries to find their accurate measurements. I downloaded plenty of pictures to get the accurate colour of the skin and hair."

Kandaloor claims that he even counts the number of gray hair to make the perfect lookalike. But with not many celebrities ready to meet this artist, he finds it difficult to make wax statues of well-known people.

He says, "The only reason I cannot open a wax museum in Delhi is that the politicians and celebrities are not ready to meet me there." Born in Kayamkulam in Allepey district in Kerala, Sunil Kandaloor, 34 was inspired by Madam Tussauds wax museum.