Thanks to a personal request made by the Chief
Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, the Housing Infrastructure
Development Corporation (HIDCO) has decided to soon start the groundwork for
setting up the city's first wax museum in Rajarhat New Town.
Modelled on Madame Tussaud's London wax
museum, the one coming up at Rajarhat will have a dozen of life-size statues.
And it has almost been decided that Suchitra Sen will find a prominent place in
the exclusive gallery.
Suchitra Sen's popularity among the people
of West Bengal remains unmatched decades after she graced the silver screen.
The songs she lip-synced are still a rage and she is still the reference point
for upcoming actresses.
Sen was a trendsetter in many respects --
one of them being she had posed scantily-clothed for modelling and another
being her entry into films five years after her marriage--something
unimaginable in those days.
After Suchitra Sen's demise on Friday, the
government had announced its decision to rename Ballygunge Phari as Suchitra
Sen Square and also proposed to rename Ballygunge Circular Road after her.
The wax museum will be completed by the end
of this year and will have both famous personalities from all fields. The
authorities will be inviting sculptors and artists for coming up with life-size
statues of luminaries.