As the nation waited with bated breath for his return, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot held captive by Pakistan since Wednesday, finally landed on Indian soil post 9 PM on Friday and as the countrymen hailed his valour, many from Bollywood took to their social media accounts to welcome the hero back. At the same time, actor Ranveer Singh was at a conclave where he opened up about the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan in the past few days, Abhinandan returning home and the recent Pulwama attacks.

The worst deadly terrorist attack in Pulwama district of Kashmir had left citizens bruised and angry emotionally, who then demanded and were aided by film associations declaration that no Pakistani artist, be it their actors, singers or musicians will be welcomed to perform or be a part of any Bollywood films hereafter. Speaking on this notion passed by many, Ranveer said, “I am very cognisant that there is this school of thought that one should not mix art and sport with it, they are two different realms. But at the same time, us as artists and sportsmen, we are not sacrificing the same way that some of our compatriots are. Art and sports are different realms. The boundaries should be different. But we are not sacrificing the way some of our compatriots are. If there’s even one mother of a soldier who believes that we shouldn’t engage, we should follow that.”

As the IAF warrior returned home on Friday, Ranveer praised the brave-heart at the India Today Conclave yesterday and said, “It’s been a funk-ey time. Today is a good day, but let’s not forget what has happened recently. As far as Abhinandan goes, he is a true hero. The way he conducted himself in the face of such a situation – he is a true hero.”

Earlier, Ranveer had taken to his Twitter handle to welcome him through his tweet that read, “Welcome home Abhinandan! आपकी वीरता सर आँखों पर (More power to your valour)! Inspiration to our whole nation . Jai Hind” (sic).

On the professional front, Ranveer is riding high on the success of his musical drama Gully Boy opposite Alia Bhatt. The Zoya Akhtar directorial also included Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash in lead roles. On a related note, the actor has also started prepping for his next film ’83 in which he will be seen playing the role of Kapil Dev. Ranveer was last seen in Simmba with Sara Ali Khan. The movie collected over Rs 200 crore at the ticket window.