It was an emotional welcome for Bollywood star, Sonali Bendre whose battle with a breast cancer necessitated her journey to the UK for treatment.
Bendre, 43, had made the public aware of her medical condition, and her fans, and supporters have shown great concern and care ever since.
Husband, Goldie Behr says she’s getting better but will need to see the doctor very often.
Bendre announced the tumour had metastasised in July, making people’s concerns grow, as they sent their best wishes in a difficult phase of her life.
Social media users are full of praise for the 43-year-old actress, who has been candidly documenting her cancer journey for months.
The star’s husband Goldie Behl told local media that she was “recovering” but would need regular check-ups.
Some cancer patients have said the star’s openness has been “encouraging”.
Renuka Prasad, a breast cancer survivor who works at the Indian Cancer Society, told the BBC that seeing celebrities open up about “taboo topics” like cancer is a “welcome change”, BBC reports.
”When I first read about Sonali Bendre’s cancer in July, I immediately thought of her role in the Bollywood superhit Kal Ho Na Ho.
There, Bendre plays friend, confidant and doctor to the hero, played by superstar Shah Rukh Khan who is terminally ill.
The scenes in the film play out in New York city, where Bendre helps Khan deal with a weak heart that finally gives up in a finale, dissolved in tears of all leading and fringe actors.
Fifteen years after her guest appearance in the film, as Bendre made the transition from the reel-life doctor to the real-life patient, she was in New York city for the past few months, battling “high grade cancer”.
Khan, her co-star in a number of films, was among the Bollywood celebrities who visited her in hospital.
On Monday morning, India rose early to the joyful news that Bendre had beaten cancer.
She arrived at Mumbai airport early in the morning, holding husband, Goldie Behl’s hands, grinning happily.
It’s a fittingly happy ending.
Ms Prasad, who works with cancer patients, also added that “celebrities talking about such diseases is important because it bolsters awareness”.
In a Twitter post on Sunday, Bendre said “the fight is not yet over”, but that she was looking forward to being back home in Mumbai city.
After her diagnosis, Bendre took to Instagram with a post in which she said she “was determined to fight” the cancer and thanked her family and friends. She added that her “high-grade cancer” had metastised.
Fans flocked to the comments section, wishing her the best for a speedy recovery.