Abhinandan Varthaman (IAF) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu
Wife: Tanvi Marwaha
Age: 40 Years

Abhinandan Varthaman

ProfessionIndian Air Force Personnel (Fighter Pilot)
Known forBeing a war prisoner in Pakistan in February 2019
Abhinandan Varthaman In The Custody Of Pakistan
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Military Service
Service/BranchIndian Air Force
RankGroup Captain
Commissioned19 June 2004
Awards, HonoursVir Chakra (third highest gallantry award in India) in 2019
Abhinandan Varthaman being awarded Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind at an investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi
Personal Life
Date of Birth21 June 1983
Age (as of 2023)40 Years
BirthplaceTambaram, Chennai
Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini
HometownTambaram, Chennai (Ancestral background from Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu)
SchoolA school in Bengaluru (name not known)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseTanvi Marwaha (Retired Squadron leador of the Indian Air Force)
Abhinandan Varthaman's Wife Tanvi Marwaha
ChildrenSon- Tavish
Abhinandan Varthaman With His Wife Tanvi Marwaha And Son Tavish
Daughter- None
ParentsFather: Simhakutty Varthaman (retired Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force)
Mother: Shobha (Doctor)
Abhinandan Varthaman's Parents

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman With His Fellow Officers

Some Lesser Known Facts About Abhinandan Varthaman

  • Abhinandan Varthaman was born to Simhakutty Varthaman, a retired Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force, and Shobha, a doctor.
  • He came into the eyes of media on 27 February 2019 when he was captured in Pakistan after his fighter plane was crashed in the territory of Pakistan.
  • Following his capture, Pakistan Army released a video of Abhinandan in which he was blindfolded and was being interrogated by the Pakistani Army. In the video, Abhinandan was seen saying,

    My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan. My service number is 27981. I’m a flying pilot. My religion is Hindu.”

  • In another video that went viral on social media, Abhinandan was seen getting beaten up by Pakistani civilians.

  • In another video that was released by Pakistan Army, Abhinandan was seen praising the Pakistan Army for the hospitality provided by them.

  • Abhinandan Varthaman’s father, Simhakutty Varthaman, is a retired Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force who also served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Cheif in the Eastern Air Command. His service number is 13606.
  • Simhakutty Varthaman has also assisted Mani Ratnam as his advisor in his 2017 film- Kaatru Veliyidai. The film’s story is based on an Indian Pilot who is kept as a prisoner of war at a jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; just like in the case of his son, Abhinandan.
    Kaatru Veliyidai 2017
  • Abhinandan’s wife, Tanvi Marwaha, has also served the Indian Air Force as a Squadron leader. After 15 years of her service, Tanvi retired as a helicopter pilot. Her service number is 28800. Tanvi has also done the Armed Forces Executive Course from IIM Ahmedabad and is working as the DGM of Reliance Jio in Bengaluru.

    Abhinandan Varthaman Wife Tanvi Marwaha As The Squadron leader

    Abhinandan Varthaman Wife Tanvi Marwaha As The Squadron leader

  • On 1 March 2019, Pakistan released Abhinandan in the evening, and he safely returned to India via Wagah Border following a statement by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan about his release on 28 February 2019.
  • In November 2019, a war museum in Pakistan Air Force displayed Abhinandan’s mannequin.

    Students taking selfie with the mannequin of Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan

    Students taking a selfie with the mannequin of Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan