Bengaluru hairstylist gives ‘Abhinandan haircut’ to 650 people free of cost; hopes to instill patriotism among youth

Inspired by wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman's bravado, his haircut and the gunslinger moustache, a hair-designer gave over 650 people a similar look free of cost

Press Trust of India March 05, 2019 19:11:15 IST
Bengaluru hairstylist gives ‘Abhinandan haircut’ to 650 people free of cost; hopes to instill patriotism among youth
  • Inspired by wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman's bravado, a hair salon gave a similar haircut to over 650 people free of cost

  • Owner of the salon said the haircut might motivate the youth to choose a career in defence services

  • Abhinandan Varthaman was returned to India as a goodwill gesture after he was captured in the neighbouring country

Bengaluru: Inspired by wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman's bravado, his haircut and the 'gunslinger' moustache, a hair-designer here on Monday gave over 650 people a similar look free of cost.

The IAF pilot has become a legend of sorts after he shot down an F 16 aircraft in a dogfight and the manner in which he carried himself with dignity on being held captive after his MiG-21 Bison was downed.

Bengaluru hairstylist gives Abhinandan haircut to 650 people free of cost hopes to instill patriotism among youth

File image of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. PTI

Clippings of his calm demeanour while being questioned by his captors won the hearts of one and all. "Considering the popularity of our proud soldier, we decided to give free 'Abhinandan Cut' to all for a day at my salon and spa," hair designer Nanesh Thakur of Nanesh Hair Salon & Spa told PTI Monday.

"By offering the 'cut', I will be instilling patriotism among the youth, which will motivate them to choose a career in the defence services," Thakur said.

Overnight, the pilot became a 'cult figure' as he shot down an F-16 belonging to Pakistan. In the course of the dogfight, his plane too was hit, but he ejected safely and was caught by the Pakistan authorities.

Videos shared by Pakistan of the 'big catch' showed Abhinandan bleeding, but he put up a brave front and refused to divulge any information to the Pakistan military.

As a "goodwill gesture", Pakistan released Abhinandan to de-escalate tension post-IAF's retaliatory attack targetting the terror camps in the neighbouring country.

India had carried out pre-emptive strikes to avenge the killing of 40 CRPF soldiers by a Jaish suicide-bomber at Pulwama in Kashmir on 14 February.

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