MUMBAI—Varun Dhawan unveiled his world-first wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong on Jan. 30. Dhawan is the youngest Indian superstar and the 4th Indian figure to join the star lineup in the attraction.
For the first time in history, Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong welcomed Dhawan as they came face-to-face, when he came from Mumbai to meet his figure. “I am so glad to be here. I would like to say a warm thank you to Madame Tussaud’s, Hong Kong and my fans. I have visited Madame Tussaud’s when I was six, and I can’t believe I am the one to stand next to the figures of various celebrities and world leaders one day,” commented the actor.
To commemorate the momentous occasion, Dhawan also invited his parents Mr. and Mrs. David Dhawan to witness his lookalike. The family took a series of photos with the extremely lifelike figure.
Dressed in a cool pair of his own jeans and shirt, the dynamic figure features Dhawan in a trademark dancing move. As it is the first time that the superstar has been immortalized in wax, a team of professional Madame Tussauds sculpting team had specially traveled to Mumbai to work with Dhawan on a detailed sitting. The five-hour sitting process captured every intricate detail, includes hair, eyes, teeth, his iconic smile and six-pack. “I’m so excited to finally see my figure. It is so real,” said Dhawan.
To share such a remarkable moment with his fans, Madame Tussauds also connected fans around the world through live broadcast on its official Twitter and Facebook pages.
Visitors that meet Varun Dhawan for a selfie will also experience the new interactive dancing experience. In partnership with International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong, unleashed a brand-new dancing experience with AR (Augmented Reality) technology.
Stepping onto the dance floor, visitors are able to gyrate with the dancers. Known for his energetic dance moves, Dhawan also took this exclusive chance to try out this new wax experience. He could not wait to rock the dance floor when he heard the music of “Saturday Saturday” from his film “Main Tera Hero.” Dhawan commented in excitement, “Let’s dance and see who gets the best move!” He also got the chance to “meet” his favorite Hong Kong movie stars Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
Dhawan, who has won some awards, has never had a complete flop to his name and was also invited by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be part of Swachh Bharat Mission, a campaign by the Indian Government on urban sanitation. He has over 20 million fans on social media.
Jenny You, General Manager of Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Varun Dhawan. Varun is the rising Indian superstar and professional actor. Meanwhile, India is one of the biggest ethnic groups in Hong Kong and one of the most important markets to our attraction. Over the years, Hong Kong increasingly embraces its culture includes food, lifestyle, music and movies. We look forward to welcoming our visitors to engage with such a charming actor and the new dancing experience.”
Varun Dhawan’s wax statue will be housed in the World Premiere zone. He will be the fourth Indian figure to join Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, with Mahatma Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Amitabh Bachchan, currently on display.