We keep reading about stars getting waxed for the museums around the world. Akshay Kumar has never had a statue before, but it’s happening for the first time and it has a very emotional reason connected to it. Jaipur Wax Museum (JWM) at Nahargarh fort will be the first museum to erect Akshay’s wax statue.
It’s been reported that the statue will weigh a hefty 52 kilograms and is heightened at 5ft 11inches. The statue has been made by a sculpting team of a museum from China. As far as the outfit of the statue is concerned, we’ll see Akshay in a three-piece suit.
In a conversation with TOI, the founder-director of JWM, Anoop Srivastava said, “We don’t just follow glamour while deciding the installation of a celebrity statue. At the museum, our aim has always been to inspire the next generation through the installed wax statue’s story. Akshay Kumar has been a source of inspiration for millions. His story is that of rags to riches and his approach towards movies has evolved with time. His active participation in making movies with a social message and his involvement in the Army welfare funding activities made us select him for our museum instead of popular actors.”
The emotional connect with the statue is a 12-year-old Jaipur boy Mudit Bhataiya. He was a huge fan of Akshay before he passed away, fighting with a rare disorder muscular dystrophy. Mudit struggled for seven long years and Akshay during that time made sure to meet him whenever he was in Jaipur. Akshay also had invited Mudit and his family to Mumbai on his 12th birthday.
The backdrop of the statue will have various pictures of Akshay and Mudit, in the loving memory of little warrior. Akshay had met Mudit various times and every time he donned a different look, depending on what movie he was doing.
To this Anoop added, “There are tales that move you, and then there are those that motivate you to get off your seats and start living your life to the fullest. Mudit’s story belongs to the latter category. That’s the reason we thought of including his story in the backdrop.”
Mudit’s mother Aasha Bhataiya also had some thoughts to share, “We are happy and thankful to JWM’s thoughtfulness that our beloved son will become immortal now with Akshay Kumar’s wax figure.”