Mamata to set up wax museum in Kolkata

Actor Shah Rukh Khan's wax replica will be installed in the Kolkata wax museum. File photo.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan's wax replica will be installed in the Kolkata wax museum. File photo.  

A wax museuem — the replica of Madame Tussauds' in central London — is likely to be inaugurated soon in West Bengal, with a king-size model of Shah Rukh Khan, an all time favourite actor of Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.

The names of other Bollywood stars featured in Chief Minister’s list of wax models are Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan. Ms. Banerjee has reportedly told her close confidants that the museum will be inaugurated in the next few months and will be named “Mother”.

The artists deputed for the work have asked a few months’ time from the State government to “conceptualise” the blue-print and to put a road-map in place for the mammoth project, sources told The Hindu.

The wax museum is likely to come up opposite Prakriti Tirtha — the Eco-Tourism Park at Rajarhat in the city's north-eastern outskirts in North 24 Paraganas district.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had said on a social networking site that the museum will provide an opportunity to the visitors to photograph themselves with statues of famous personalities. The Eco Tourism Park was opened earlier this year along with a butterfly park, a floating musical fountain and a unique mask garden, which has masks from different countries. The farm land in the area was acquired over last several years.

Commenting on having such a museum, well known painter Suvaprasanna said that though an initiative of this kind may bring in people but it has “nothing to do with art.”

“I have visited London so many times but never been at Madame Tussauds. It is not my taste though it may well be a subject of popular culture,” Suvaprasanna said.

The wax museum in central London recreates life size wax models of celebrities and one of the main tourist attractions in the world.

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