Amitabh became the first Bollywood
star to be immortalised in wax at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum
in June 2000
. The powers that be at the museum shortlisted five major stars of Indian
cinema (along with Madhuri Dixit
, Raj Kapoor
, Shahrukh Khan
and Ashwaria Rai
) and left the decision to public vote.
"It's a double first for us. As well as our first Bollywood star, it's the first time we've ever asked the public to chose a Madame Tussaud's subject in our two-hundred year history. We consulted a variety of pundits from film and entertainment magazines to community radio stations to the BBC and the Bollywood insiders at B4U to come up with a representative shortlist."
Diane Moon, spokesperson for Madam Tussaud's.
With more than twice as many votes as his nearest rival, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh was announced the winner at the first International Indian Film Awards
held the same year in London
. Hundreds of intricate measurements were made and his waxy double made its debut at the museum in early 2001.