As Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold, Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar lauded her for proving the strength of India's women. Vinesh defeated Japan's Yuki Irie in the 50-kilogram women's Freestyle final in Jakarta on Monday. India is currently in the 7th position.
Aamir Khan, whose "Dangal" about Vinesh's star cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari went on to be a blockbuster, tweeted: "Congratulations Vinesh for winning the Gold in the Asian Games. We are all so proud of you. Love, Aamir and the team of Dangal. Mhaari chhoriyan chhoron se kam hai ke!"
Here's what Aamir Khan Tweeted:
Congratulations Vinesh for winning the Gold in the Asian Games. We are all so proud of you.
Love, Aamir and the team of Dangal.
Mhaari chhoriyan chhoron se kam hai ke!
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) August 20, 2018
Amitabh, a supporter of the women empowerment movement, wrote "Jai Hind!" and a message in Hindi. He said everyone is proud of India's women and Vinesh's victory has elevated that pride.
Here's what Amitabh Bachchan Tweeted:
हमें गर्व है भारत की महिलाओं पर , और आज विनेश ने हमारा सर ऊँचा कर दिया ! pic.twitter.com/Gd7rPPzYZl
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 20, 2018
Gold actor Akshay Kumar said, "Congratulations Golden Girl Vinesh Phogat for creating history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games! More power to you."
Here's what Akshay Kumar Tweeted:
Congratulations Golden Girl, @Phogat_Vinesh for creating history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games! More power to you 🙌🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 20, 2018
Yesteryear Bollywood Diva Raveena Tandon wrote, "First Indian woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Games! Way to go girl. The entire country is proud of you! Congratulations Vinesh Phogat."
Here's what Raveena Tandon Tweeted:
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) August 20, 2018
I Am Kalam fame, Nila Madhab Panda wished, "And gold it is. Way to go Vinesh Phogat. You have made India super proud. Hearty congratulations and wish you all the best in all your future endeavours. One done, many more to go."
Here's what Nila Madhab Panda Tweeted:
And #Gold 🥇 it is, way to go @Phogat_Vinesh 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 you have made #India super proud . Hearty congratulations and wish you all the best in all your future endeavours , one done many more to go #VineshPhogat #AsianGames2018 #AsianGames https://t.co/kwzkcfIHpm
— Nila Madhab Panda (@nilamadhabpanda) August 20, 2018
Farhan Akhtar, who recently pointed out his photograph used as Milkha Singh in West Bengal school textbooks, congratulated by saying, "Congratulations to Vinesh Phogat for striking Gold in women's wrestling."
Here's what Farhan Akhtar Tweeted:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 20, 2018
Preity Zinta, who is a co-owner of Indian Premier League's Kings XI Punjab, tweeted, "Congratulations to wrestler Vinesh Phogat for winning a gold medal at the Asian Games 2018."
Here's what Preity Zinta Tweeted:
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) August 20, 2018
Varun Dhawan, who is the lead actor in the upcoming movie 'Sui Dhaga', said, "Congratulations Vinesh. Felt great pride watching you receive your gold medal. Truly made in India."
Here's what Varun Dhawan Tweeted:
— Varun MAUJI Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) August 20, 2018
Vinesh Phogat defeated Japan's Irie Yuki 2-6 (technical points) 1-3 (class points) in the final match. With the win in the Women's freestyle 50kg category, Phogat became the second Gold medal winner for India at the Asian Games 2018.
Also, Vinesh Phogat has now become the first Indian woman to win a Gold medal at the Asian Games in Wrestling. Phogat's Gold medal was also India's second Gold medal at Jakarta Palembang 2018. On the first day of the multi-nation tournament, Bajrang Punia won a Gold medal, too, and that was won in Wrestling also.