The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has to be one of the most iconic yet one of the quirkiest museums in the world. Sporting such life like wax figures of prominent personalities across the globe, the Madame Tussauds has over the years of its existence since 1835 been a source of worldwide wonder. With roots in London and expanding further over the years to some 26 locations all over the world, the iconic museum has been enthralling tourists and celebrities alike with surprisingly real figurines of as iconic personalities. Indian celebrities too have grabbed the waxy spotlight across a range of fields. Be it sports, culture, entertainment, politics et al, the Indian diaspora is quite a bevy of talents to take note of in its Madame Tussauds’ inclusion. Here we list such Indian celebrities whose prominence led them to be immortalised through wax statues at the Madame Tussauds Museum-
With such epithets as the Greatest Actor of the Century and Star of the Millennium bestowed on him, it needs no retelling just how exemplary a cultural icon Bollywood biggie Amitabh Bachchan is. A global figure, Bachchan became the became the first living Asian to have been modelled in wax when his statue was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in 2000. Not just the inaugural figurine in London, Bachchan’s life size replica is also on display at the Madame Tussauds in New York, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Washington DC and Delhi. The tallest Bollywood actor of his era and also one of the tallest in the industry currently, Bachchan Sr sure stands tall and mighty in also his multiple Madame Tussauds’ outings!
It is only fitting that for someone revered as the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar should be the first Indian sportsperson to bag his wax figurine at Madame Tussauds. Unveiled in 2009 coinciding with his 36th birthday, Tendulkar joined the likes of Brian Lara and Shane Warne to become another cricketing personality discovering an alternative life in wax.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
One of the most popular Indian celebrities, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan followed in the footsteps of her father in law to also be immortalised with a wax figurine at the Madame Tussauds museum in London. Rai became the first female Bollywood personality to receive this honour when her statue was unveiled in 2004 and was later displayed also at the Madame Tussauds New York in 2007.
Shah Rukh Khan
One of the Indian actors with the highest fan following globally, Shah Rukh Khan is one incredible talent. From acting to business to philanthropy, the Baadshah of Bollywood has been a force to reckon with in his wide range of ventures for over three decades now. The richest Bollywood actor and one of the most powerful people the world over, Shah Rukh‘s tryst with Madame Tussauds began in 2007 with an unveiling at the London museum. Since then, the ever popular of Indian celebrities has been represented in wax by Madame Tussauds at a number of its presences including the Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York and Washington museum.
Another Bollywood personality to enjoy representation in wax at the iconic Madame Tussauds in London is handsome hunk Salman Khan. The Bhaijaan of tinsel town followed the feat first achieved in 2008 with also a similar presence four years later in its New York location.
Revered for his Greek God like looks and his impeccable dancing skills, Bollywood hero Hrithik Roshan’s Madame Tussauds connection started in 2011. Debuting his wax lookalike at the Madame Tussauds museum in London, Hrithik became another of the Indian celebrities to follow it up with further impersonations in New York, Washington and some cities around the world.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Unveiled in 2011, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Madame Tussauds presence at the museum in London bears not just her distinctive characteristics in person. Dressed initially in a costume from her 2007 film Jab We Met, the statue underwent a revamp some years later when it was made to don a saree that she had worn for her 2011 film Ra.One. Despite being one of her flop Bollywood movies, Khan’s notable red saree immortalised her look in the film and also in her waxy presence.
The first and only female Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi has also been among the first Indians to have her wax figurine installed at the London museum. Named the Woman of the Millennium by the BBC, Gandhi’s frontal presence in Indian politics for decades makes her one of the most recognised figurines from the country even on a global stage.
The first Indian to be immortalised in wax at the Madame Tussauds Museum in London has been the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Installed as early as in the 1960s, Gandhi’s wax figure is undoubtedly one of the most popular Indian attractions at the London museum. Additionally, Bapu has also been represented at the Madame Tussauds across its multiple locations in Bangkok, Hong Kong, New York and Sydney.
Celebrated for her ageless beauty, her charismatic smile and also her amazing dancing talent, Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit entices one and all as the ever mesemerising Dhak Dhak girl. No wonder she is one of the Indian celebrities to have been celebrated in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in London. Dixit’s wax figurine have also been kept on display at the museum’s two other locations in Delhi and Singapore.
One of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood, Katrina Kaif broke into the London premises of the Madame Tussauds museum with her wax figurine that was unveiled in 2015. Interestingly the inclusion of Kaif among the Indian celebrities with their own wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum marked also its 15 year association with Bollywood. Voted for by the fans much like Amitabh Bachchan who was bestowed the honour in 2000, Katrina sure is one of the more enigmatic Indian presences at the world famous museum.
The evergreen hero of Bollywood in his infectious energy and charisma, Anil Kapoor’s wax statue was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Singapore in 2017. In one of his trademark iconic poses, Kapoor manages to lift the spirits of everyone who manages to catch as much as a glimpse of even his waxy stardom.
Gracing the premises of the Madame Tussauds Singapore since 2018 is bubbly beauty Kajol. Perhaps one of the most nonchalant of celebrities in Bollywood, Kajol shines in an auro of her own, in person as well as in wax!
The youngest of Indian celebrities to have his wax representation at the Madame Tussauds museum in Singapore is actor Varun Dhawan. Labelled the most bankable star of his generation by GQ, Dhawan has enjoyed waxy immortalisation since 2018.
Making his presence felt in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in Delhi is new gen Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor.
Also unveiled in 2018 at Singapore was the first ever wax statue of bubbly Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma that came also with a special interactive feature.
Iconic yesteryear actress and the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, Madhubala also finds expression in wax at the Delhi center of the Madame Tussauds museum. Omnipresent in an enduring legacy of her own even when she is one of the many Bollywood celebrities to have died young, Madhubala come to life in the Delhi premises of the world famous museum in a look derived from one of her many remarkable films, Mughal-E-Azam.
The first of Indian celebrities hailing from the southern part of the country to also have his wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum is Prabhas. Most known across the world for starring in the biggest of Telugu hits encompassing the Baahubali franchisee, the south Indian star saw his lifelike figurine first unveiled in Bangkok after which it went on to tour across various parts of the world testifying his popularity as a truly global star.
Another glittering presence in the already star studded line up of Indian celebrities in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in Delhi is Sunny Leone. What makes Leone’s statue all the more unique is that it is the first one ever to be scented, bearing the fragrance of the gorgeous lady’s signature perfume!
One of the select few Indian celebrities to have secured an esteemed place in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in London is Deepika Padukone. One of the most successful actor currently in the industry and also the most followed Asian women on Twitter, Padukone is the first Bollywood superstar to have her figure launched in the A List party room at Madame Tussauds.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
The first Indian actor to have wax statues in four Madame Tussauds museums that were installed in 2019, Priyanka Chopra sure stands up to her global entourage of fame, talent and glamour by all means possible. Spread across four continents, the global troupe of Chopra’s phenomenal breakout as a global star sees her in wax setting in London, New York, Sydney and Asia.
Another superstar down south, Mahesh Babu also has in place his wax statue charming visitors to the Madame Tussauds Singapore since 2019.
One of the most successful and richest of Indian singers, Shreya Ghoshal is also the first melodic Indian entrant into the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi.
Another of the Indian celebrities who made his presence felt in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum in its New Delhi location is singer Sonu Nigam.
Legendary singer Asha Bhosle also finds her way into the Madame Tussauds wax museum at its New Delhi location.
Among the Indian celebrities immortalised in wax at the Madame Tussauds museum is current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Finding himself amidst other revolutionary world leaders at the iconic museum premises in London is Modi who himself has well emerged to be one of the most prominent political personalities globally.
One of the most handsome cricketers of the world, Virat Kohli is also one of the most distinctive when it comes to his Madame Tussauds identity. A wax figure of the Indian cricket captain finds place in not the museum in London but at the iconic Lord’s ground in the city. Crafted by folks from Madame Tussauds, this undoubtedly is a tribute enormous enough for the much celebrated Indian captain.
APJ Abdul Kalam
An eminent scientist and former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most distinguished personalities to have his wax statue at the Delhi location of the Madame Tussauds museum.
Widely hailed as the finest athlete India has ever produced, The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is one of the country’s most decorated sprinters. The only Indian to have broken an Olympic track record, Singh’s life has been well documented in popular media. The 2013 Bollywood film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biographical retelling of the narrative of Singh’s illustrious life and legacy. His wax figurine is housed in the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi ever since it opened in 2017.
The first actress from the South Indian film industry to find representation at the Madame Tussauds wax museum is Kajal Aggarwal. One of the latest entrants into the elite list, Aggarwal found her place in wax amidst the museum entrails in Singapore in 2020.