Indian pilot returns home a hero and sparks mustache trend

Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan, stands under armed escort near Pakistan-India border in Wagah, Pakistan in this March 1, 2019 image from a video footage.

New Delhi, India (CNN)The Indian fighter pilot captured by Pakistan after his plane was shot down in a dogfight has become an unlikely fashion trendsetter following his return to India.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman became the unwitting 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.
The look, a mix of a classic gunslinger with traits of the mutton chop beard, is now known throughout India as the "Abhinandan."