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1st Madame Tussauds is India

CNC
Added On January 12, 2018

Madame Tussauds is familiar attraction in many cities around the world: a place where the public can get up close with life-like famous faces. 
 
And now the famous waxwork museum has come to India for the first time. 
 
Lifestyles headed to Delhi for a closer look. 
 
The Delhi branch of Madame Tussauds opened its doors to public in December last year, and has already proved a hit with locals.
 
STANDUP(ENGLISH)RATI AGNIHOTRI, CNC correspondent
"As India's first Madame Tussauds opens its doors to public in Delhi, there is a fine balance, a fine mix of both national and international celebrities from the world of fashion, cinema, entertainment, history, sports and culture."
 
Bollywood figures are a major attraction in the Delhi museum. Setting the tone is a wax statue of iconic actress Madhubala right at the entrance. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)ANSHUL JAIN, General Manager, Madame Tussauds, Delhi
"Madame Tussauds Delhi theme is based on Delhi. If you can see when we walk from down the attraction, we see Salman Khan in a Chandni Chowk background. So the entire theme of this attraction is based on Delhi. So that's the number one difference. The second difference is 60 percent of the figures are local heroes, the superstars."
 
There is a separate section devoted to Indian politicians and freedom fighters with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and "Father of the Nation" Mahatma Gandhi.
 
The sports section has a mix of famous Indian sportpersons like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and international sports icons like football star Messi.
 
As any Madame Tussauds, there is also a generous mix of international celebrities including: Tom Cruise, Marilyn Monroe, Will Smith, Leonardo Di Caprio and Michael Jackson.
 
As well as seeing so many local stars, Indian customers are also treated to cheaper prices. 
 
Tickets here are about half of what they would pay at any other Madame Tussauds museum. The firm says it is to make the museum as accessible as possible.
 
The first Madame Tussauds opened its doors to the public in London in 1836. It has since become a global hit, opening 23 museums around the world.