India is filled with a celebratory mood almost like a festival as Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to the country on Friday evening. From expressing concern at his capture by Pakistan army to joy when his release was announced by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, celebrities have been vocal on social media along with him. Naturally, they were filled with pride and delight when he reached home on Friday, walking in through the Wagah-Attari border like a true hero. Alia Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee and many others took to Twitter to convey their intense feelings on the occasion.
The ‘Udta Punjab’ star wrote, “Our hero is home. #Abhinandan.” AB Jr welcomed the hero with numerous hashtags that have been on the top of the trends on Twitter. Manoj used the meaning of the hero‘s name, Abhinandan, to welcome with respect. Check out their reactions here:
Wing Commander Abhinandan crossed back into India at the Wagah-Attari border shortly after 9 pm on Friday. He had fallen into Pakistan's clutches after his MIG-21 Bison shot and brought down a Pak F-16 as the Indian Air Force sent a 24-strong Pakistan Air Force jet-fighter formation packing, foiling the belligerent nation's attempt to attack India in retribution for the precision strike India had conducted on Pakistan's terror factories along the LoC on Tuesday morning.
While announcing the decision to release Wing Commander, Pak PM Imran Khan had attempted to paint a 'good gesture' narrative despite the truth being that he had been left with no option because of the relentless and inexorable pressure screw India had applied on Pakistan across multiple dimensions, demanding the release of its heroic pilot.