Monday, March 10, 2008

Shah Rukh's wax statue in Paris

Shah Rukh Khan will have his second wax statute coming up in France. Paris's Grevin wax museum will present King Khan's wax statue next month. This is almost a year before his wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds, London.

Shah Rukh will be the second Indian celebrity after Mahatma Gandhi to have a wax statue in Grevin. He will be the first Bollywood star to have two wax statues in the two most prestigious wax museums worldwide.

Khan is extremely popular in France with a huge fan following and the wax statue would give Indians another reason to travel to that country, already Paris is a hot destination among Indian tourists. A 19th century French journalist Arthur Meyer conceived Grevin's wax museum. He collaborated with Alfred Grevin, a cartoonist, sculptor and costume designer to work on the project. Wax museum was open to the public in June 1882, and it became a grand success.

Some of the wax statues in the Grevin collection include Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Pope John Paul-II, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

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