At around 10 am on January 5, actor Madhuri Dixit Nene tweeted, “Madame Tussauds made the announcement and I am confirming it. Will be in London in March to introduce my likeness! Thanks for all your support.”
The diva is the seventh Bollywood actor to enter the world-famous wax museum after Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and recently, Kareena Kapoor. Some of these actors, Madhuri describes as her “personal heroes”.
Tussauds, in a statement, said that the decision to include the award-winning actor and dancing star in that list “is set to delight Bollywood fans around the world as we are constantly inundated with requests to feature Madhuri”.
The museum has pegged the cost of the figure at 1,50,000 pounds (Rs 1.2 cr). It will apparently take a team of sculptors, hair, wardrobe and make-up experts roughly four months to create the statuette. They have admitted that Madhuri, who relocated to India from the US, recently to resume her acting career, has already had a sitting with their sculptors.
Reportedly, the figurine will be draped in a Manish Malhotra sari. The designer, who returned to town on January 4, woke up to the news yesterday. Though elated, he is equally and understandably reticent, given the museum’s strict no-statement clause. All he is willing to say is, “Yes, I’ve heard about this. The Tussauds team got in touch with me for a sari they wanted.” Which one? He’s not saying!