Madame Tussauds’, the famous wax museum that attracts tourists from across the world in London, is all set to come to New Delhi.
Merlin Entertainments, the owner of the unique museum, announced that they will open a new venture for Bollywood stars in India’s capital city to celebrate India-UK Year of Culture in 2017.
Announced in London on the occasion of PM Narendra Modi’s visit, the initiative will mark the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence as well as promote India’s cultural ties with the UK. To take the idea one step ahead, a festival of India will also be held in the UK during that year.
The museum owners plan to invest $76m in India in the next 10 years to bring other attractions such as Sea Life aquariums and Legoland Discovery Centres to Indian cities.
In addition, two of the most iconic British texts will also tour India as part of the 2017 cultural exchange. These are Shakespeare’s First Folio and the 1225 edition of the Magna Carta.
The British Library will also digitise 200,000 pages of their South Asian archives, dating from 1714 to 1914 in order to make them accessible around the globe.
The globally acclaimed museum was first launched in London in 1835. Since then it has attracted over 500 million visitors to its doorsteps.
It gradually expanded to other cities like Amsterdam, Bangkok, New York, Las Vegas and many more.
The museum at London has seen immense popularity for some of the statues of Bollywood actors, the most famous ones being the obvious suspects – Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
“The great partnership between India and the UK extends beyond economic ties to the boards of The Bard and the beaches of Bollywood. We have some of the best cultural exports in the world – and it’s about time we celebrated this, together,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.