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13 April 2024

Waxing is 'incredible' moment for Hrithik

By Keith J Fernandez

Fans eager to cop a feel of Hrithik Roshan’s bulging biceps and fab abs, form an orderly queue please!

Waxworks museum Madame Tussauds unveiled a £150,000 likeness of the actor at its London branch on Thursday morning. Roshan and his family were at the unveiling.

“I can’t believe I’m here in Madame Tussauds unveiling a wax figure of myself. It’s incredible just how detailed the figure is – they’ve really captured my look,” Roshan said at the event.

The Bollywood star, who has worked closely with the waxworks to ensure a good likeness, is portrayed in a pose from the film “Dhoom: 2”, in a short-sleeved shirt left wide open to reveal his toned and taut body to full effect. The red shirt and dark blue jeans the waxwork wears are the actor’s own.

Roshan, who has starred in hits such as “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai” and “Jodha Akbar”, is the youngest male actor from India to be immortalised at Madame Tussauds.

He told reporters at the event how he visited the attraction for the first time as a child. "I was nine years old, holidaying in London with my family when my grandfather [J Om Prakash] and I went to Madame Tussauds. We had to stand in line for 45 minutes and while I was jumping up and down with impatient excitement, my grandfather waited patiently. I even told him that we should go and come back the next day but my grandfather waited till we could enter Madame Tussauds. Today I feel he's like that excited child I was."

He said he hoped his children would be as excited: "The bigger prize is not the wax figure but the effect this moment is going to have for my entire family. It's a very special moment for me. It's a moment that won't change my life drastically. Life goes on but the wax figure is for posterity for my children."

Roshan’s waxwork takes its place alongside fellow Indian film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan in a special Bollywood area. The museum also launched an interactive touch screen yesterday, featuring dance routines from the five Bollywood icons.

PR Manager Liz Edwards, said the Bollywood area was one of the attraction’s most popular. “And we know it’s going to be even more so with Hrithik now featured in the line-up. The pose is so striking it is sure to wow fans and get ladies hearts a flutter. In fact it has got to be one of the most daring figures we have ever created,” she said.