Lonavala: Around six years after it was kept ready, a life-size statue of Shiv Sena founder, the late Bal Thackeray, finally went on public display at the famed ‘Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum’ here.
“This statue was planned and created six years ago, during Balasaheb’s lifetime. However, due to some permission complications, it could not be put up for display. Though he passed away in November 2012, the statue’s time has finally come,” the museum’s Managing Director Sunil Kandalloor told IANS.
It would probably have remained hidden in the museum godowns, were it not for a chance visit by Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray to Lonavala on Sunday for some engagements. He was informed about the museum, close to the Lonavala bypass on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and chose to visit it.
Kandalloor, who had received him, said: “I apprised him about the Balasaheb wax statue kept ‘secret’ and away from the public for so many years. He was very keen to view it, so I showed it. He was very impressed and decided to throw it open for public display immediately.” Kandalloor said presently, the museum has around 100 wax figures.
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