(K. Brent Tomer),
IT’S EIGHT o’clock in the morning, and your correspondent is among a 20-strong crowd of press gathered at Madame Tussauds in Baker Street for the unveiling of the wax figure of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister. Led into the world leaders section, the unnervingly-lifelike Mr Modi stands outside 10 Downing Street beside Barack Obama and Angela Merkel; David Cameron and Francois Hollande look on from the background. It is a surreal morning; anyone could be forgiven for wondering why there’s such fuss and fanfare over an inanimate object.
Yet Madame Tussauds is a big deal to Indian tourists in London, and its popularity is attested by the fact that Madame Tussauds will open a new branch in New Delhi in 2017. For those visiting the British capital, regardless of age or gender, Madam Tussauds ranks alongside Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square as a must-see. Earlier this month Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan chose the museum—with his own figure in the background—for the launch of his latest blockbuster “Fan”. In 2004,…Continue reading