New wax figures of one of the most influential statesmen on the world stage, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be joining the ranks of world leaders at four Madame Tussauds attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok this April.
“Prime Minister Modi is a hugely important figure in world politics, a position supported by his place in the top ten of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year List 2015,” commented Global Head of Media Relations, Kieran Lancini. “His massive social media presence – he is currently the second most followed politician on twitter after President Obama – also confirms the intense interest the public have in him, a fact supported by the requests our guests have made for us to create his figure. We are delighted to be including the Prime Minister’s figure in our attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.”
Mr Modi has been involved in the creation of his figure and gave Madame Tussauds renowned artists a sitting at his residence in New Delhi earlier this year. The figures will be dressed in his signature Kurta in cream with jacket and he will be featured in a traditional pose making a namaste gesture.
Modi commented, “Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of very distinguished dignitaries from around the world – how could I regard myself worthy of being alongside them? But when I was informed that your decision had emanated from public opinion and public sentiment, I was comforted. During my sitting, I observed the team carefully and was deeply impressed by its dedication, professionalism and skill. I have visited Madame Tussauds three or four times and had the pleasure of getting myself photographed standing next to the figures of various dignitaries.”
Each figure took a team of talented artists four months and cost £150,000 to create.
Guests will be able to stand shoulder to shoulder and measure up to one of the most powerful men in the world – and even grab a selfie when the figures arrive in their locations.