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Milkha Singh’s wax statue to be featured at Madame Tussauds Delhi museum

The wax statue of Milkha Singh will share space with Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kapil Dev and Amitabh Bachchan and international celebrities such as Michael Jackson at the Madame Tussauds Delhi museum which will open on December 1 this year.

other sports Updated: Sep 25, 2017 23:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Milkha Singh will unveil his wax statue, which would be displayed at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi, in a function in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Getty Images)

Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, on whose life Bollywood movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was made, will have his wax statue on display at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi.

Milkha Singh will be among 50 famous personalities from various walks of life whose wax figures will be displayed in the New Delhi branch, which will be the 24th museum of the world famous London-based Madame Tussauds.

The New Delhi museum is set to open on December 1, 2017. It will be located on the first and second floors of the famous Regal Cinema building in Connaught Place, central Delhi.

Milkha, who became the country’s first athlete to win gold in the Commonwealth Games (1958 Cardiff), will unveil his wax likeness on Tuesday in Chandigarh.

The athlete, who missed a medal at 1960 Rome Olympic medal by a whisker, finishing fourth in the 400m final, will share space with the wax statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 1983 Cricket World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

As per the website, there will be five sections at the Madame Tussauds Delhi Museum -- sports, Bollywood, history and leaders, Hollywood and music. More than half of the statues will be of Indian personalities, and the rest will be of the international personalities such as David Beckham, Michael Jackson and Leonardo Dicaprio.

Milkha, whose family migrated from Pakistan during partition, already has two statues erected in his honour in Punjab -- a 28-feet statue at Jarkhar Village in Ludhiana and 16-feet statue at Ghall Kalan village in Moga.

First Published: Sep 25, 2017 23:35 IST