India’s first Madame Tussauds to open in Delhi in June

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) World famous wax attraction Madame Tussauds is set to debut in India in June, giving fans a chance to pose with, touch and feel wax statues of names like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and American pop star Lady Gaga.

The tourist attraction will open doors in the centrally located Regal Cinema complex in Connaught Place here.

“We are a wax attraction where one can touch and feel the figures. There is a complete immersion and interactive experience with the figures. So, for instance, one can give a speech standing next to Mr Modi (Modi’s statue),” Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director of Merlin Entertainment Pvt Ltd, told IANS here.

The wax attraction will exhibit over 50 figures from diverse leagues such as history, sport, music, films and TV.

Each wax figure is created with the expertise of over 20 international and local artistes working at a time to ensure an authentic visitor experience.

“We will have 60 per cent of local stars and 40 per cent global stars. Our core product is Indianised, hence, the entire theme of attraction will be based on Delhi. It will have the culture of Delhi and vibrancy of India,” Jain told IANS.

This is the 23rd branch of Madame Tussauds across the world, and Merlin Entertainment is looking forward to a red carpet welcome.

Marcel Kloos, Director, New Openings – Europe and emerging markets, told IANS: “We are just a few months away from a grand opening for our 23rd wax attraction. It will be a pleasure to have our celebrities join India’s vibrant culture and bring experience of a lifetime.

“Madame Tussauds houses much more in addition to films. Our wax attractions has personalities from across the world and from various professionals who have made a mark in world history. So, Delhi, the capital of India, was the perfect city to showcase our life-like wax figures.”

The ticket prices will be affordable too — though details have been kept under wraps as of now.

“We are a tourist attraction, so with the standard and quality of figures, you can imagine what it will be. The figure cost will be very comfortable for all classes, all age groups and all people. It will be very competitive. There will be special prices for school people and some other sections,” Jain said.