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Wax Museum, Lonavala

  • Anna Hazare
    Anna Hazare

    Anna Hazare caressing a life-size wax statue of himself. Sunil Kandalloor, who made the statue is seen in the background. The statue is one of the 40 life-size likenesses housed at the Wax Museum in Lonavala.

  • Narendra Modi
    Narendra Modi

    Gujarat chief mininster Narendra Modi standing next to his own likeness. Kandalloor says that apart from giving him a set of clothes, Modi also gave the statue maker his watch and pair of spectacles for authenticity.

  • Kapil Dev
    Kapil Dev

    Kapil Dev with his statue. Kandalloor says he uses real human hair to make each statue as life-like as possible. He collects the hair from a temple in Tamil Nadu.

  • Prabu Deva
    Prabu Deva

    Noted film dancer Prabhu Deva with his own statue. Kandallor says it could take up to a month for him to make a statue if he has access to the subject and can take his measurements and other details.

  • A R Rahman
    A R Rahman

    A wax statue of music director A R Rahman holding the Oscar awards. Kandalloor says that he not only takes the subject's measurements before making a statue, but also notes minute details such as crow's feet, wrinkles and freckles, and expressions like pouts and frowns.

  • Mother Teresa
    Mother Teresa

    Mother Teresa set in wax. Kandalloor says that when he does not have access to the subject, he has to rely on photographs and video footage to fashion the prototype and then make the real thing.

  • Saddam Hussein
    Saddam Hussein

    This wax statue of the late Iraqi dictator is one of the few likenesses of foreign personalities.

  • Michael Jackson
    Michael Jackson

    A wax likeness of Michael Jackson. Kandalloor gives a great deal of attention to sartorial detail, as is seen in this likeness of the late pop star.

  • Y B Chavan
    Y B Chavan

    Sunil Kandalloor with a semi-finished statue of Y B Chavan, Maharashtra's first Chief Minister and the country's fifth Deputy Minister. Kandalloor says he gets up to six moulds made for different body parts, and pours liquid wax and colour into them to make the wax statue.

  • A front view of the Wax Museum
    A front view of the Wax Museum

    The museum is fashioned along the lines of Madam Tussaud's in London. It is about 4 km from Lonavala station, just off the old Mumbai-Pune Highway, as you head towards Pune.

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