Wax figures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the ranks of world leaders at Madame Tussauds in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok in April, the renowned waxworks museum announced on Wednesday.
“The figures will be dressed in his signature kurta in cream with jacket and he will be featured in a traditional pose making a namaste gesture,” Madame Tussauds said in a statement.
Modi was involved in the creation of his figure and gave Madame Tussauds’ artists a sitting at his official residence in New Delhi earlier this year, it said.
The statement quoted Modi as saying, “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. During my sitting, I observed the team carefully and was deeply impressed by its dedication, professionalism and skill.”
Watch | Prime Minister Narendra Modi being measured for his wax figure at Madame Tussauds
Modi said he had visited Madame Tussauds “three or four times” and had the “pleasure of getting myself photographed standing next to the figures of various dignitaries”.
“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.
“His massive social media presence - he is currently the second most followed politician on twitter after President Obama - also confirms the intense interest the public have in him, a fact supported by the requests our guests have made for us to create his figure.”
Each figure took a team of Madame Tussauds’ artists four months to create and cost around 150,000 pounds.
It is yet to be confirmed if Modi will personally unveil himself in wax at any of the four locations.
(With inputs from agencies)