However, statues of four other superstars namely Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, will be travelling to Hong Kong and Bangkok among other world cities to be announced shortly, as part of the museum’s plan to tap the Bollywood fan base at these places, reports Daily Mail.
At Hong Kong, the statues will be showcased in the museum’s World Premiere Zone alongside the wax figure of Amitabh Bachchan. Since Big B already has a wax statue in Hong Kong, his statue at London won't be travelling to the Asian city, the report adds.
“It’s just been a little over four years, when Salman’s wax statue was inaugurated with much fanfare at Madame Tussauds. Moreover, it’s been a favourite among fans and also known to be one of the most photographed there, at par with the ones of Shahrukh, Hrithik and Mr Bachchan. Strange, that it’ll be missing the world tour,” remarked Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar.
“This will be a big disappointment for Salman’s fans across nations,” he added. It sure would be, considering Salman has now emerged the biggest of the three reigning Khans at the box-office, with huge hits like Wanted, Dabangg, Ready and Bodyguard under his belt, while his contemporary Shahrukh has given duds like Ra.One.
Wonder why Shahrukh Khan has received preferred treatment over Salman by Madame Tussauds inspite of his brand being tainted by controversies off late. First, was the brawl with Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder. And now, we have the controversy about his tussle with security at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the IPL cricket matches, allegedly invoking a five year ban on SRK by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).