Bollywood at Madame Tussauds – Amitabh Bachchan & Co.
Guess who’s in town? Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor! They are all in Times Square and why this hasn’t quite caused a stampede yet is because they are not quite the real thing. Not even the reel thing. They are here in the wax! At Madame Tussauds, traveling all the way from London.
Recently the wax Big B, Hrithik (known as Duggu to his fans), Kareena, Aish and SRK were unveiled for New Yorkers at an opening where young dancers from Aatma Performing Arts brought Bollywood to life with popular dance numbers from Indian cinema.
For thousands of fans this may be the closest they’ll get to the Bollywood superstars. You can stand inches away from them, breathe the same air and even get your photograph with them! True, Amitabh Bachchan can’t give you his autograph nor will you hear Aishwariya’s voice or Kareena’s laugh. Nor will King Khan rattle off an inimitable dialogue for you. But you can stand real close and maybe even shake their hand or sneak a hug! Won’t your friends weep with envy when they see your photo with Hrithik Roshan? Who’s to know he’s a fake?
Well, these are very expensive fakes – each is created at a cost of $300,000. No wonder they keep flying the friendly skies, alternating between their fans in the UK and the US. Wonder when they will be heading out to India to the star-starved masses there?
So if you want to meet up with these stars in the flesh – I mean wax – you’d better rush out to Times Square. You can catch them in Madame Tussaud’s Bollywood Zone through July 12.