Asansol, September 19
A veteran wax artist of West Bengal has sculpted a full-sized statue of actor Sushant Singh Rajput as a mark of tribute.
Sushanto Roy (64), state’s first wax artist, has chiselled the statue, having putting resemblance with the actor who was discovered hanging at his Mumbai house on June 14.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying case is presently being probed by the CBI and different central businesses.
It took Roy one and half month to finish the statue of the actor at his studio right here in West Burdwan district.
The veteran artist had beforehand sculpted wax statues of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, soccer legend Diego Maradona and Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu since 2001.
His wax sculpting of former President Pranab Mukherjee occupies a delight of place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“I sculpt the statues of personalities with whom I feel emotionally attached in some way or the other. Whose life and works inspire me. Be it Amitabh Bachchan, Jyoti Basu, Pranab Mukherjee or Maradona. The wax statue of Sushant was also made for the same reason, though I regret that I will never be able to show it to the actor, whose struggle in acting career should be an inspiration to all aspiring actors,” Roy, who has determined to maintain the statue in his personal museum, instructed PTI on Saturday.
The veteran sculptor additionally stated that information of Sushant being a sufferer of nepotism additionally struck a chord with him “as despite being the first wax artist in the state having earned plaudits from big personalities, my request for a plot for a gallery in city or recognition from the government had never been considered by either the state or central governments”.
“Both Sushant and I had been fighting against odds but never gave up,” he stated drawing parallels.
He recalled regardless of having wax statues at Jaipur and the wax museum in Rajarhat, the one recognition he obtained was from the Mamata Banerjee authorities in 2013 as a quotation paper in recognition of his works.
“I had also sculpted wax statues of Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi but didn’t have the scope to show it to them,” the 1980 gold medal winner from Indian Art College stated.
The veteran craftsman is spending his complete financial savings to construct a state-of-the-art non-public museum in Asansol to protect his works for show.
“I am training five young artists to acquire the skills in wax sculpture. I will be no more one day but my craft will live on through their works in future,” he stated.
Roy had additionally made wax statues of cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and each reportedly praised his works. PTI