So Madame Tussaud’s will be coming to Mumbai! Can think of half-a-dozen Bombaywallahs embodying the spirit of the metropolis who deserve to be recreated in wax.

Bal Thackeray. He surely did make a big impact in the life of the average Bombayite. From the 1960s at least till the 1990s, the man dominated the city’s consciousness. The high point of his career was the pogrom against the Muslims in 1992-93. If Bombay’s denizens did not dig trenches around their houses and install machine gun nests, it was not for want of Bal T’s trying.

Amitabh Bachchan. Every time the man faces a setback, the Big B returns larger than before. Much like the city itself.

Laxman’s Common Man. Price rises, declining quality of life, the rough and tumble of existence in Bombay….. He must have gotten skinnier after his creator’s illness, but nothing gets as much as a word out of the man.

Mrs Common Man. For doing all the talking for the two of them.

Sachin Tendulkar. You don’t need no education to succeed. Just talent, sheer grit and a razor sharp brain to spot the big (money-making) opportunities.

Dhirubhai Ambani
. For teaching the average Mumbaikar to Think Rich. Come what may!

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