Madame Tussauds has said it will unveil a waxwork of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April next month.
He will join the ranks of global leaders at the Madame Tussauds museums in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Described as a “hugely important figure in world politics”, the museum said Modi had given the hospitality to the museum’s team of artists and experts at his residence in New Delhi earlier this year.
“Madame Tussauds has crafted figures of distinguished dignitaries from around the world — how could I regard myself worthy of being alongside them?," Modi said in a statement.
"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," he added. "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."
The wax figures at each of the museum will be dressed in the “signature kurta” of the Indian prime minister in cream colour with jacket in a traditional pose “making a Namaste gesture”.
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“We are delighted to be including the prime minister’s figure in our attractions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok,” said museum spokesperson Kieran Lancini.
Each figure took a team of Madame Tussauds’ artists four months and cost around £150,000 to create.
A new branch of Madame Tussauds is also set to open in New Delhi as part of the India-UK Year of Culture in 2017, announced during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK last November.
The article originally appeared on The Hindu.
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