The wax museum, previously located in the Regal Building in Connaught Place, features nearly 50 personalities from a variety of fields including history, sport, music, film and television. Launched in 2017 in the nation’s capital, it is owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments.
“Connaught Place had several issues such as lack of parking space, encroachment from street vendors and traffic congestion. Given post-pandemic behavioral changes, we know that people are now looking for safer attractions, hygienic and user-friendly in terms of amenities. .
“And our new DLF Mall of India site, with its controlled environment, will offer the same to our visitors,” Anshul Jain, Managing Director and Director of Merlin Entertainments India Pvt Ltd, told PTI.
A visitor with the wax statue of Kareena Kapoor.
Some of the key figures on display at the museum’s India chapter include PM Narendra Modi, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Subhas Chandra Bose, cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Virat Kohli, Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor , Kareena Kapoor Khan and Madhubala as well as Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson, and singers Asha Bhosle and Shreya Ghoshal. Popular cartoon characters like Motu-Patlu act as a special addition for children.
Among the cosmetic changes incorporated for the new location are Hritihik Roshan in costume and Madhuri Dixit-Nene in sparkly dress, different from their previous avatars where the movie stars wore a sweater and a sari respectively.
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“Previously the theme was more along the lines of ‘Bharat plus India’, but this time the attraction is more modern. So the Madame Tussauds here is more like the other 23 around the world,” added Jain, describing as one of the best in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
A visitor with the wax statue of PM Modi.
This time around, organizers said they plan to introduce a new public figure every three months.
“The current ratio of domestic and international celebrities in our attraction is 60:40. But as there is no shortage of superstars in India, we plan to increase this ratio to 80:20 in the near future,” said informed Jain, adding that the next two wax figures will be of Indian personalities.
A fan with the statue of Shah Rukh Khan.
The ticket price for a visit continues to be Rs 960 for adults and Rs 760 for children.