Anil meets Anil, at Madame Tus­sauds

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh ■

They say ev­ery­thing hap­pens at the right time. For Anil Kapoor, this is ab­so­lutely true. A Bol­ly­wood su­per­star in his youth, an in­ter­na­tional ac­tor in his ma­ture years, and now a new en­trant to the club of mega-celebri­ties who have their wax stat­ues at Madame Tus­sauds — Anil prob­a­bly never had it bet­ter in his 38-year ca­reer. And he knows it.

“If [the wax fig­ure] had hap­pened within the first 10-20 years of my ca­reer, I may not have val­ued such things, as there’s an ar­ro­gance of youth,” he says. “[At that time], you’re like, ‘Ar­rey, theek hai yaar. I de­serve it.’ But I haven’t got any­thing in life only due to my good for­tune or others’ good wishes. I have put in a lot of blood, sweat and hard work into ev­ery­thing. That gives a dif­fer­ent kind of thrill,” he says, smil­ing.

About the process of get­ting a wax statue, he says, “It takes about 8-10 months. The day you pose for the statue is a very in­tense day, as they go in for lots of de­tail­ing. The way the statue has been fi­nally made is very real. Even my make-up per­son, Deepika, who has been with me for 30-35 years, took a lot of in­ter­est [in it] and worked on details, in terms of my skin tone and even a sin­gle strand of my stub­ble.” Anil says that the statue, to be dis­played at Madame Tus­sauds in Sin­ga­pore, cap­tures his iconic pose from the film Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire.

The talk of cin­ema veers to the re­cent Na­tional Film Awards hon­our for his daugh­ter, Sonam Kapoor, for her role in Neerja. Anil says with pride that it was “a much bet­ter and big­ger mo­ment for me than this wax statue of mine”.


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