Only Gandhi and Shah Rukh Khan did it in Paris!
He will be unveiled in the presence of Albert Einstein, Charles De Gaulle, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson, John Paul II, Elvis Presley and Alfred Hitchcock at France's Grevin Museum in Paris, Monday, April 28, 2008. After Mahatma Gandhi, Shah Rukh Khan, India's biggest film star, will be the second Indian to have his wax work at prestigious Grévin. Bachchans are yet to reach there, writes Kathy Robinson from Paris for India EU Film Initiative.
French officials are bewildered as to how to cope with the SRK mania as they have been inundated by so many requests for the event on 28th April. Shah Rukh Khan himself will be there to see the wax work as well as mania. The Grevin staff admit tacitly they have not seen such enthusiasm since Michael Jackson's unveiling at Grevin.
The event has been organised in partnership with the Indian tour leader Cox and Kings, the Office de Tourisme in Paris and Maison de la France, the Hotel Meurice, the Commission des films d’Ile de France and Bodega Films. Indian companies are also chipping in.
There's a bit of rivalry going on between Tussauds and Grevin. London's Madam Tussauds is hugely popular among Indian tourists who visit the UK. In fact, many tourists go to London just to see the wax versions of celebrities, including Indira Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. Now, French want to repeat this success story at their historical Grevin Musee in the sumptuous decor created in 1882, the Hall of Columns and the Dome, Paris.