Madame Tussauds marks re-entry in India, opens in Noida’s DLF

With its opening in Noida on Tuesday morning, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum saw its re-entry into India. The popular visitor attraction to the Regal Building outlet – its first in the country – ended in December 2020, in the wake of the pandemic and other issues.

The new space, located on the fourth floor of the DLF Mall of India, is spread over 16,000 square feet and displays approximately 50 wax figures. The wax replicas are a mix of famous personalities from within the country and around the world – sports, politics and entertainment, with a dose of history.

Madame Tussauds, Indian Express Noida, DLF Mall Sports Room (Express Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares the room with former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chanda Bose. There’s also a corner next to a Modi statue, detailing his making – from measurement sessions to installations. Needless to say, the Modi statue is among the most popular selfie spots in the attraction.

Another room is dedicated to sports legends Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, MC Mary Kom and Virat Kohli, with Ronaldo, Messi and Usain Bolt. Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Madhuri Dixit occupy the largest room, right from the Page 3 party, where Hollywood actors Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio also appear.

A section is also dedicated to music – with singers Asha Bosley, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Gosal, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber standing tall at their shimmering best, while Zakir Hussain occupies the corner, immersed in a drum. Kids get to meet their favorite cartoon character Motu Patlu right at the entrance, while comedian Kapil Sharma and actors Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor make an exciting start to the tour.

Madame Tussauds, Noida Mall, DLF Mall

Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director of Merlin Entertainments India Pvt Ltd, the holding company for Madame Tussauds in India said: “This attraction will provide the Indian audience with an immersive glimpse into the enthralling world of celebrities and well-known personalities. We have emphasized Indian superstars, knowing that both residents and visitors They will enjoy meeting these icons who have made a difference in their lives in so many ways.”

Speaking about the process of creating the wax replicas, a Merlin spokesperson says that each wax figure is crafted by over 20 international artists working simultaneously for 3-6 months. “All the characters are first made in London studios, assembled there, and final approval of the character is obtained on the basis of photographs or a personal visit. The figures are then sent to Madame Tussauds outlets,” he says, “the figures are assembled again by the team. local and being given the finishing touches.”

Tickets are available at the counter, or online, at a price of 960 rupees for adults and 760 rupees for children, with the flexibility to allow visitors in at any time of the day, says a statement from Merlin. The company said that the Indian arm will continue to add new numbers of Indian and international stars upon public demand periodically. Gravity was first launched in India in November 2017.

Around the world there is Madame Tussauds in 23 locations – from New York to Shanghai, Amsterdam and Sydney – and of course in London, where the story began, registering 10 million visitors each year.

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