Kochi: Kerala got its own wax museum after the doors of an international celebrity wax museum was thrown open before the visitors here this week.
Brainchild of craftsman Sunil Kandallor, the museum displays wax statues of celebrities from across the world.
Some of the popular faces that can be seen at this museum include Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, anti-graft activist, Anna Hazare, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and many more.
The first thought of trying his hands at wax modeling struck when Kandallor came across a photo of a wax sculpture of former Cuban president Fidel Castro in a magazine about 16 years ago.
Speaking about the idea behind setting up a wax museum, Kandallor said that he wanted to offer something different to his hometown.
"I am a Keralite, I wanted to do something different in Kerala. Because Kochi is a fast growing city like any other metro, so many tourists are coming to Kerala, most of the tourists are coming from northern parts. I know that they (people) are enjoying the museum. Because it is my hometown so I planned to set up such a big museum, like an international wax museum," he said.
The wax artist hopes to take this museum to the heights of internationally renowned museums like Madame Tussauds.
A visitor called Sunil`s Celebrity International Wax Museum very authentic and it had a promising future.
"It`s one of the very first wax museums in India rather in Kerala and of course the first in Kochi. It`s quite interesting, quite life-like and I am sure that this will rise to an international level of wax museums," said Christy Fernandez.
Visitors to the newly opened museum seemed visibly awestruck as they posed for pictures with the statues of their favourite celebrities.
Kandallor doesn`t plan to stop just here. He also has a similar museum coming up in Lonavla in Maharashtra which he says will be ready by March or April next year.