Salman Khan unveils wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Surrounded by fans, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan unveiled his
wax statute at Madame Tussauds in London on Tuesday.

Salman beat nine other Indian mega stars to win a place at the
world famous waxworks museum after a public poll conducted last summer.

Salman's muscular statue, dressed in a black sleevless T-shirt and black denims, donated by the star, stands in a special Bollywood section alongside those of three other Mumbai greats - Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan.

Salman, who has starred in over 55 films since his 1988 debut film Biwi Ho To Aisi made it to the central London attraction after beating off competition from Madhuri Dixit, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar, Kajol, Lata Mangeshkar, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham.

Salman's statue stands in a special Bollywood section alongside
those of three other Mumbai greats – Amitabh Bachchan ,
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan .

The museum hopes the installation of the new statue, reflecting
Salman's popularity in the West, will attract many more South Asian
and British Asian visitors.

The heartthrob met with Madame Tussauds sculptors in Mumbai late last year to be measured and photographed for the creation of his figure.

Salman was measured and photographed by expert sculptors
in Mumbai last October to kick-start painstaking work on his wax double.
He personally chose and donated clothes for the figure to wear.

Nicky Hobbs of Madame Tussauds said: "We received over 10,000 votes in the poll from fans and visitors, and were thrilled that Salman Khan came out top.

Taking a light-hearted dig at his fellow-Mumbai stars, Salman said: "Very few Indians have the privilege and it feels good to be a part of it. We have Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya, Shah Rukh and I think I am the third most deserving in the museum."

"I am really very touched that my fans have chosen me to appear in Madame Tussauds, and hope that the figure brings a lot of enjoyment to Bollywood followers the world over," Salman said.


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