MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA NOVEMBER 03 , 2011 10.40 P.M
Last week as I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline , www.twitter.com/VidurChaturvedi ,I got the news that Kareena Kapoor‘s wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Wax Studio , Blackpool . Before Kareena Kapoor , Hritik Roshan‘s wax statue was also unveiled at the Madame Tussauds studio . It is a rare honour. Till today only six Hindi film artistes have been immortalized at Madame Tussauds . They are Amitabh Bachchan , Aishwarya Rai , Shah Rukh Khan , Salman Khan , Hritik Roshan and now Kareena Kapoor . Out of these 06 dignitaries , last 02 are my students .
Tussaud was a French national . Her mother worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Switzerland , who skilled in wax modelling. Tussaud learnt art of making wax statues from Dr. Philippe Curtius . She made her first wax statue in 1777. Voltaire was the first person to be immortalized in wax . Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin were other famous people , who followed Voltaire. She went to London in 1802 and could not return to France because of the Franco – British War . Finally in 1835 she settled down in Baker Street , London and opened a museum , now known as Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
In that very museum Kareena Kapoor and Hritik Roshana‘s wax statues were unveiled . Destiny some times plays very strange games . In 2000 , Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were signed to play romantic leads in ” Kaho Naa…………..Pyaar Hai ” . I was assigned to train them for the movie . But destiny willed otherwise. While training was going on , another announcement about another new – comer star – son was made .The film in question was ” Refugee “ and the debutant was Abhishek Bachchan . Kareena was very keen to do ” Refugee “ . Since she could not debut in two movies simultaneously , she opted for ” Refugee “ . Though she was under contract but sensing her eagerness to do ” Refugee ” , Mr. Rakesh Roshan freed her and signed Amisha Patel for ” Kaho Naa ………. Pyaar Hai “ . Film was released on January 14 , 2000 and created history . ” Refugee “ was also released same year on June 30 , 2000 .
Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor were not destined to debut together . Though , later on , they did a couple of films together but barring ” Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham “ they could not give memorable films. But , destiny brought them together again and this time in wax avatar . What various film – maker could not achieve , Madama Tussauds studio accomplished and now these two hottest box office stars of Hindi cinema are perennially paired together in wax.
I am happy for them . They are my students and when they are being honoured in such manner , I am thrilled . I am too small a man to dream of being ever at Madame Tussauds . But I feel my presence at Madame Tussauds through the wax statues of Kareena Kapoor and Hritik Roshan .
And the fact of the matter is that it is just the beginning of their journey and they have many more miles to go .
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA
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