Sunday, 12 April 2009

Mumbai Star Shines at ‘Madame Tussauds’

Mumbai has always been proud of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who has been the greatest icon of World Cricket for almost two decades now. Tendulkar's triumph has been his ability to adapt to situations, surfaces, oppositions and emerging victorious. He can score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back, and has made runs in all parts of the world

Ever since his debut way back in 1989, he displayed exemplary skills and was immediately hailed as the next genius.

He’s had an illustrious career, and is now all set to enter a sticky, glutinous tunnel of fame:

Madame Tussauds has deemed it fit that he be immortalized in wax. The figure, costing an astounding £1,50,000 (Rs 1.09 crore), is to be unveiled on Sachin’s home turf, in Mumbai on April 13th..a lucky day for him

Tendulkar follows in the famous footsteps of Bollywood Giants such as Amitabh Bachan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and has joined other cricket legends like Brian Lara and Shane Warne to become the very first Indian sports personality to be portrayed.

And believe it or not, making wax figures is the labor of love. Over 800 hours of painstaking molding, measuring, painting and sculpting goes into making each figure.

The sculptors use measurements and photos to make a clay model of the head. Next they make a metal skeleton of the body to which they add clay in the shape of the body. Because the wax shrinks, all figures are made 2 percent larger than the actual celebrities they are portraying.

Moulds are then made separately of head and body. A hot wax mixture is poured into moulds and left to cool and harden. Once wax is ready, it’s time for hair wherein each strand is inserted individually and it takes around five weeks, next teeth and eyes are added before the figure is colored using oil based paint, which is applied in layers to create realistic skin color and texture.

It has taken four months of arduous labour and 20 artisans, to say nothing of the hundreds of photographs to come up with this and Sachin is waxed forever.....

Source: Times of India and

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