Abhinandan Varthaman is a wing-commander in the Indian Air Force. In the 2019 India-Pakistan standoff, he was held for three days under captivity in Pakistan after his aircraft was shot down in an aerial dogfight. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman became the face of cross-border tensions after crashing in Pakistani territory last week. Hailed as a national hero, men across India have rushed to emulate his characteristic mustache in apparent tribute. Read Abhinandan Varthaman Full Biography and Profile.