Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has taken his place alongside other world leaders at Madame Tussauds London. His new wax figure has arrived at the Baker Street attraction fresh from Delhi, where Mr Modi had a private viewing with his likeness last week.
Mr Modi has been involved in the creation of his figure from the beginning of the process and was pleased with the final results when he came face to face with himself.
Mr Modi commented: “What can I say? As far as art is concerned, the Madame Tussauds team is exceptional at what they do. What Lord Brahma does normally is what the artists there are doing. Today, I had an opportunity as the prime servant of my people to meet my wax figure.”
The figure is featured in the famous attraction’s popular World Leaders area alongside present day leaders Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Francoise Holland, as well as political heavyweights of the past including Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill.
General Manager of Madame Tussauds London, Edward Fuller, commented: “We are delighted that Mr Modi was able to see this very figure in India last week, and to welcome him to Madame Tussauds London today. It’s wonderful that our visitors now have the chance to get up close to this influential leader, who is the source of so much public interest. It's not every day you get to stand alongside the statesmen and women shaping our world and we think guests will relish the chance to rub shoulders with Mr Modi."
Mr Modi’s figure is dressed in his signature Kurta in cream with jacket and he is featured in a traditional pose making a namaste gesture. London's figure is one of four created of the statesman, with the other three taking up residence at Madame Tussauds attractions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Each figure took a team of talented artists four months and cost £150,000 to create.