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More sparks of India in Asia's only Madame Tussauds
9/19/2002 3:42:00 AM

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds is ready to consider adding famous Indians like Amitabh Bachchan on the stage for its guests.

"If there is a specific public demand for a famous Indian personality, we are willing to consider the people's request," said Edward Fuller, general manager of this world famous celebrity wax portrait exhibition.

Currently, the only South Asian wax portraits in the museum are of Mahatma Gandhi and former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhutto.

Hong Kong, currently the only Asian city to host the infamous Madame Tussauds', has plans to add more to its existing display of over 100 life-like wax figures to attract tourists from the Asia-Pacific region.

The figures, as Fuller explains, are measured to the greatest detail. Over 200 photographs are taken from every possible angle to create the likeness. "Even the hair on the portrait's head is inserted manually one by one to give an incredible match with those of the real celebrity."

The six month process costs approximately 350,000 HK dollars and is performed exclusively in the Madame Tussauds' studios in London.

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