Madame Tussauds Adds Bollywood Figures
Posted by Melissa Simon on Aug 6, 2013 - 4:43:51 PM
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The famed Madame Tussauds Hollywood is adding a new traveling exhibit of Bollywood characters to their repertoire August 1 with an unveiling ceremony of five new characters.
The unveiling of the new characters for the Traveling Bollywood Exhibit was in honor of celebrating Bollywood’s 100th anniversary, according to a press release.
According to the Facebook page for Madame Tussauds, this is the first time the exhibit is coming to the West Coast, as it has been a traveling exhibit for the past two years.
Preparing to unveil the new figures
Blue13 Dance Company, a Los Angeles based contemporary Indian dance theatre ensemble, performed a traditional Bollywood performance for the opening of the ceremony.
The exhibit features lifelike figures of five Hindi cinema legends including: Shah Rukh Khan, one of the most renowned actors in the genre who is often referred to as “King Khan;” Aishwarya Rai, a leading contemporary actress; Hrithik Roshan, actor and Best Actor award recipient; Kareena Kapoor, noted for her diversity as a Bollywood actress; and Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most influential actors in the genre.
The wax figures were created by a team in London and took nearly four months to create and cost $300,000 each, according to the release.
The exhibit joins other traveling exhibits on the Beatles, ABBA and Michael Jackson. It will be on display through the end of November.