Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and a host of other Bollywood celebrities hailed â€œtrue heroâ€ Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanâ€™s return to India, two days after the IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan following a dogfight when his MiG 21 Bison was shot down.
Hailing his bravery, superstar Shah Rukh Khan tweeted, â€œThere is no better feeling than coming back home and for home is the place of love, hope and dreams. Your bravery makes us stronger. Eternally grateful.â€
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, â€œHappy that Wing Co Abhinandan comes home.â€
Director-producer Karan Johar tweeted, â€œWe salute your bravery and valour....we applaud your strength in the face of adversity.... #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan.â€
Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, â€œWelcome back home #WelcomeBackAbinandan a true hero. These humane actions give hope that all humanity is not lost. Bharat mata ki Jai.â€
Ranveer Singh said Varthamanâ€™s bravery in the face of adversity was admirable and something that the country would never forget.
â€œAbhinandan is a true hero. The way he conducted himself in the face of adversity and the kind of dignity with which he carried himself, he is an inspiration for the whole nation,â€ Ranveer said at a conclave in Delhi.
â€œWhat real heroes look like,â€ Shahid Kapoor tweeted alongside a picture of Varthaman, while Alia Bhatt simply wrote, â€œOur hero is home.â€
After a suspenseful wait lasting hours, Varthaman finally returned home on Friday night from his nearly three-day captivity in Pakistan, a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by Indiaâ€™s retaliation over Pakistanâ€™s continued support for terrorism.
We salute your bravery and valour....we applaud your strength in the face of adversity....#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanâ€” Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 1, 2019
Welcome back home #WelcomeBackAbinandan a true hero. These humane actions give hope that all humanity is not lost. Bharat mata ki Jaiâ€” Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 1, 2019
#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You are a real hero and we as a nation stand beside you, Thank you for your selfless service, Jai Hind ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³â€” Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) March 1, 2019
Welcome home Abhinandan! à¤†à¤ªà¤•à¥€ à¤µà¥€à¤°à¤¤à¤¾ à¤¸à¤° à¤†à¤à¤–à¥‹à¤‚ à¤ªà¤°! Inspiration to our whole nation . Jai Hind ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³âœŠâ€” Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) March 1, 2019
What a blessed visual to see our hero come back home. #Jaihindâ€” Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) March 1, 2019