Hollywood Hills News
Madame Tussauds Adds Bollywood Figures
By Melissa Simon
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.

Preparing to unveil the new figures
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.

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. 

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