Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bollywood superstars at Hong Kong's Madame Tussaud

Bollywood stars in wax at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong unveiled today its newest exhibit which will be on exhibit until July 19, 2012: a collection of Bollywood superstars including Aishawarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, and Shah Rukh Khan. They will join Amitabh Bachchan who is part of the permanent collection of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The Bollywood wax figures are actually on a world tour designed to allow fans across the globe to meet them. They traveled from Blackpool to Hong Kong; and from Hong Kong, they're going to Bangkok, London and other sites in Europe and the United States.


The most popular Bollywood star on exhibit is probably Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, who is often described as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Aishwarya Rai has starred in over 40 Bollywood films and won numerous awards including the Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, and Star Screen Awards, among others. In 2004, she has also been selected by TIME Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.


Kareena Kapoor, one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood, has been awarded numerous prestigious accolades in the past, making her a leading actress in Hindi films. Her distinctive style has also been setting fashion trends, which established her status as a fashion icon.

On one of my many trips to Istanbul from Hong Kong, I watched her in an inflight movie about a political family in a remote region of India. The story was so interesting that I found myself watching the movie on the way back from Istanbul to Hong Kong as well. 

It was my first time to see Kareena Kapoor then, as Bollywood films don't really make it to our part of the world; but I remember finding her really beautiful. Funnily, in this movie I watched, she played a beautiful young woman in love with a handsome young political scion who just wasn't in love with her -- which was pretty hard to believe.


Another superstar in the Bollywood collection – the heartthrob Hrithik Roshan is the youngest male actor from India to be honoured by Madame Tussauds. Having starred in a number of award-winning films and receiving a few Best Actor awards, Hrithik Roshan affirmed his position as one of the top earning male actors in the industry.

Often referred to as “The King of Bollywood,Shah Rukh Khan is an acclaimed Indian actor who has acted in over 70 Hindi films and shares the record for receiving the highest number of Best Actor awards with Dilip Kumar.

These four Bollywood icons are now waiting to meet their fans in Hong Kong, along with Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema and the very first permanent Bollywood wax figure exhibited at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, said, “We are very excited to see some of the greatest Bollywood stars take the stage here in Hong Kong. As we observe an increasing number of visitors from India, I’m sure they would be pleased to see their idols up close even away from home.”


The Korean superstar himself

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