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Katrina's Klone

Katrina Kaif's wax figure unveiled

Posted: 01.04.15

A public vote last year decided that the beautiful Katrina Kaif would become the seventh actor to grace Madame Tussauds’ Bollywood hall of fame, marking their successful 15 year long love affair with the Indian film industry. Madame Tussauds’ spokesperson Nicole Fenner revealed to us that other B-town belles who were vying for the prestigious place at the wax museum, were popular actresses Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, who although came close, were ultimately overrun by Kat, whose mesmerising thumkas, moves and strikingly ravishing looks won her the public vote. Other famous faces from the industry are Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan.

Ranbir Kapoor’s sweetheart travelled to London to unveil her highly anticipated wax figure, which took 4 months to sculpt and mould, before finally colouring with ten layers of paint, followed by painstakingly inserting the hair, individually strand by strand. After numerous articulate measurements taken during trips to Mumbai where the actress lives and costing a whopping £150,000 to make, I’m sure her fans would agree that she is certainly worthy of the fine immortalisation of herself.

Since we all love the gorgeous outfits Katrina is often seen wearing not just in her movies, but also at public appearances, we were eager to see which ensemble she chose to don on her avatar and we must say we were not disappointed. It had to be the fashion guru of the celebs, Manish Malhotra of course, who designed and made the gagra choli, which is her much loved look of cropped top with short gagra, a typical Manish Malhotra finery of sparkly and glitzy mirrorwork, in a white and pink combo, which Katrina later revealed was inspired by a song from Tees Maar Khan. We were also keen to discover the pose in which she had opted to be enshrined, and were delighted to see that she has chosen to be remembered in item girl mode, where she is standing in a dance stance, with a very filmi expression on her face.

As an exclusive selection of media took their places, and the lucky fans who had won a contest to witness their beloved Katrina pose alongside her life-like waxwork, it was apparent that she wanted to recreate an intimate and private gathering to savour her historical moment of glory. We were fortunate enough to be the first to view the work of art, even before she saw it herself, along with two of her sisters and her brother, all of whom bore an uncanny resemblance to their superstar sister. Since they are all residents of London, they had all come to share this special moment with their sibling, and when I asked them what they thought of the finished look, they said it was amazing and it looked just like her – what better opinion is needed, as they know her better than anyone. Also present was Katrina’s London based personal trainer, Reza Katani who came to marvel at and appreciate his client and friend’s statue – afterall, much credit goes to him for those beyond perfect abs and her sculpted figure.

Desi Rascals star, Arshina and her dance troupe set the mood with an elegant performance to Malang from Dhoom 3, shimmying around Katrina’s clone as if it were a grand deity, before Bollywood’s favourite item girl sashayed in, wearing a glamorous black and gold gown by Sabyasachi, adjusting her luscious locks, with a tinge of red in a refreshing new look. As she posed with precision for the flashing lights, it was a surreal spectacle as she stood next to her carbon copy – the likeness is flawless, and the wax figure is a masterpiece! Out of all the other Hindi film stars present, the international beauty stands out as the most life like – what an exceptional job done by Madame Tussauds.

When asked to share her thoughts after seeing herself for the first time, Katrina revealed: ‘It’s quite weird seeing myself like that! I think Madame Tussauds has again done an amazing job, it’s really quite life-like (whilst laughing), sorry I’m abit surprised! It’s such a huge honour to be here in this amazing museum amongst so many amazing icons, not only from Hindi cinema, but from so many different walks of life, all over the world. I would really like to say a big thank you to all of my fans and the audience who voted for me to be here. I really owe a huge part of my career to them.’

To get a picture with your favourite Bollywood star, get your tickets here

Images: Madame Tussauds & Asiana

Fariha Sabir
 

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