Mumbai, Sep 15: Yash Raj Films (YRF) on Wednesday announced it will honour Indian paralympian gold medal winners and has saluted Mariyappan Thangavelu for his historic gold win in men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. “The studio believes to celebrate the sportsman spirit of these athletes and their life-sized dream that emerged victorious,” read a statement from YRF.

Earlier, the entertainment banner had earlier announced that they would honour Indian athletes who would have won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics with Rs 1 million. Now, the reward for Rio Paralympics winners is a gesture on similar lines – that of saluting the indomitable spirit of sportspersons and champions, as every small gesture goes a long way.

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YRF is known to back sports-based subjects in Hindi cinema. With Shah Rukh Khan film Chak De! India, it had backed a powerful message in support of women in sports. With Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer Sultan, the film studio expressed support for wrestling in India.  ALSO READ: Rio Paralympics 2016: Mariyappan Thangavelu wins gold, Varun Bhati silver in Rio Paralympics