You can always count on Twitter to up the humour, no matter how politically incorrect or impolite. This means everyone is fair game, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So, when a minute-odd long video which showed Modi admiring his wax replica hit the liberal world of the internet, Twitterati were quick on the uptake.
Three Modi wax statues, created by the British wax museum Madame Tussauds, were unveiled at on Wednesday at Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. A fourth will be unveiled in London next week. Modi, however, was given a private viewing of the statue earlier this week. The video, released by Madame Tussauds HK, is from this session.
While it is understandably an interesting experience to come face-to-face with an exact model of oneself, Twitter users couldn’t get enough of the video that showed Modi adjust the garments on his statue, add a few last minute touches and pay close attention to the detailing.
From cheeky to prude, the comments pick on some Modi-isms, including his foreign trips, his ‘pin-striped’ suit that was actually lined with the words Narendra Modi, and earlier social media jokes on Modi’s seeming affinity for the camera.
The one with paint brush in hand must be the Wax Statue. Real Modi is looking at the Camera pic.twitter.com/YNmBSrYoYr— Joy (@Joydas) April 20, 2016
all I want is for someone to look at me the way Modi looks at Wax Modi pic.twitter.com/53PxLI8d4y— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) April 20, 2016
Dont forget to remove the wax from the ear of that wax statue Mr. Modi! pic.twitter.com/gRChSgFFsB— Nilesh Rathod (@AuthorNilesh) April 21, 2016
"Now that they're two of us, you can stay home while I go tour the world and no one will know the difference!" pic.twitter.com/Zrh62zmPft— Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) April 20, 2016
Modi painting "Modi Modi Modi Modi Modi" on Modi. pic.twitter.com/p4XpZC9wlg— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) April 20, 2016
Buzzfeed went a step forward and did a retelling of the recently released Shah Rukh Khan movie Fan, using stills from the video. The result: It’s hilarious. (Oh, and spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the film yet.)
Madame Tussauds has quite a few Indian personalities in their house(s) of wax. Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan are some of the more prominent names that feature in their list.